What is heresy?

Formally defined, heresy is anything contrary to orthodox teaching.  That leads to a question on what orthodox teaching is…which depends on which denominational body you are talking to.  And some may even be reluctant to use the word ‘heresy’, being more comfortable in the land of mystery.  (I’ll let you guess which one sounds more like our denomination!)  We all want to understand how God works, why things happen, and what we need to do.  The challenge is to live into these questions leaving space for mystery and movement.  Living things don’t do well in tight containers- how can we make space for our faith to thrive? – Pastor Trudy Stoffel