While working as a chaplain at Wooster School in Danbury, a colleague lamented one day, “Why do we need to always be talking about sin? Why can’t we focus on more positive things? Sin is so depressing!” No truer words were spoken. Indeed, sin can certainly be a downer. The passion behind her question, however, reflected the feeling of many that the Church makes us focus on our faults, missteps, misdeeds, misconduct, transgressions, or, as the tradition would call them, sins of omission and commission. Indeed, the introduction to the confession that the Lutheran Church used years ago did not paint a very upbeat picture of our humanity. It stated: We are by nature sinful and unclean. So much for I’m okay, you’re okay. Click here for the complete newsletter.