This morning I led a one hour breakout session on the faith community and poverty. It was a part of a larger all day forum held at one of our local colleges on the needs of children, especially those in poverty. It was a lively session with lots of great ideas, but I got the distinct impression from the 15 or so who were present that they held their clergy responsible for not having made the church or themselves more responsive to Jesus’ teachings or more spiritual in their own daily lives. Almost all of them were members of a Christian tradition of one kind or another and active in their own congregations. Moreover, they were mostly professionals in early childhood education or social service intervention. Yet they appeared to think of the church and its role as being the responsibility of ‘them’ rather than seeing themselves as a part of the ‘us’ who are the church. Amazing! How did we end up with such a disconnect, or has it always been that way?