“You can choose your friends, but you can’t choose your family,” says the old adage, implying that we are simply stuck with whatever oddball characters who comprise our families of origin. But we can choose our families of faith. Many people find “new” families among the siblings in their congregation, fellow children of God and united together around a common mission.

Download a study guide for “Expanding the idea of family,” which appeared in Living Lutheran‘s December 2020 print issue. The free guide includes three pages of study questions and a copy of the article.

Robert C. Blezard
Robert C. Blezard is pastor of St. Paul Lutheran Church in Aberdeen, Md., and editor of Living Lutheran's study guides. Previously he served as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod.

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