The background of this area should be an image. Please use Change Background feature to change the background of this area.
(Can be found under DESIGN tab)
Knowledge & News
Thought provoking topics and series, necessary news and information.
This Sunday, Katy brought to us a lesson which all of us at Collective can relate to: the loss of loved ones. In this month of celebrating women, the lesson reminded us of the ladies which we may not be surrounded by today, such as grandmothers, aunts, mothers, teachers, and sisters.
One of the new summer interns, Elizabeth Hutchison, plans to use their passion for LGBT+ literature and more specifically, coming-out narratives, to bring new ideas to the Collective blog and community. Elizabeth Hutchison graduated from Stetson University this past semester of spring 2016, with a degree in English and Religious Studies. They plan to stay in DeLand for the summer to work with Collective Students and possibly Collective Cares, all while doing the layout for an online journal.
This Sunday's message, delivered by Lindsey Graves, sought to redefine norms with a less conventional look at a traditional creation story. The discussions made way to recognize female leaders and teachers in our community, and also make connections through solidarity, quite fitting for this month. And in order to do all these though, we must first become...feminists.
By Sharon Tonjes
This month, Collective has been tackling the question of “Where is mom in all this?” and also celebrating a month of women. But now, it is important, especially after Mother’s Day to recognize that not all women are mothers. Men have never, in this culture, been defined solely on their status as fathers, whereas women bear this burden, whether or not they ever bear children. Whether by choice, by luck, on purpose, or purely by accident, some women become mothers. In the same way, women can also not become mothers.
During this Sunday service Dr. Kandy Queen Sutherland told us the story of Esther to try to answer the question, what women want. She points out that four times in the scroll of Esther, She is asked by the King what she wants. He tells her that she can have up to half of his kingdom and all the riches she could imagine but Esther’s request are never of riches. Her people are hated and in danger as Hamon wishes to rid Persia of the Jewish population. Esther is called upon to save her people and stop Hamon from carrying out this unjust plan of genocide.
Mother’s day can be an emotional experience. While we all have a mother, the relationships with these women greatly vary. Today we gathered together to celebrate the nurturing spirit of our mothers in light of the parenting aspects of God as a metaphorical mother bear, eagle, a woman in labor, the queen of heaven, and el shaddai.
“When you know better, you do better.” - Maya Angelou
Issues ranging from the treatment of mental illness, to roles within organizations, to LGBTQ+ discussion and inclusion are prevalent within the church today. We have not handled differences between people well, but in the name of progress we must make an effort.
We are a misfit faith community that gathers in DeLand on Sundays at 5pm. Come as you are.
We value highly the metaphor of journey. We’re different people from different places and backgrounds, representing an intergenerational community, and we’ve traveled different paths. So, we agree not to make assumptions about the person across from us, next to us, or in conversation with us. We challenge ourselves to be sensitive, knowing this community includes a diverse group of people from life-long followers of Jesus, to people who are just now open to the idea that God might exist. We strive to avoid offense, ask good questions, articulate and explain our responses. We don’t assume fluency in bible, spirituality, or Church language, because we believe the message of Jesus is not for Christianity, but for humanity. So, we do everything in the spirit of love and grace.