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This week our Primary series moved us through the story of the Red Sea, toward baptism and Eucharist. We celebrated the baptism of Jackson Ballenger and made connections to the ways the uncertain journey of life and faith draw us into a profound belonging.
Have you ever been confused by the story of the ten commandements? What are they? Why do they matter so much? Do they? Are they a clear standard for living right, or a sacrchastic punishment? Are they a map to a promised place, or a vision for human flourishing? This week we explored the Sinai story with fresh ears and eyes for a hopeful vision of life beyond rules.
Elizabeth is a recent graduate from Stetson University with her Bachelor's Degree in English and Religious Studies. Rather than returning to her hometown near Birmingham, Alabama, she’ll be staying in DeLand working a part-time job with Academic Services at Stetson, and as a summer intern with Collective. She became involved with Collective after meeting Ben Collins while he was serving as the director of an on-campus organization at Stetson University.
Ian Campbell grew up in DeLand and graduated from Stetson University in May of 2014 with a major in Digital Arts and minors in Art History and Spanish. For the last year he has been living and working various jobs and freelance opportunities in Orlando, and since the start of this Spring has been making the weekly commute to DeLand to run sound and online streaming for the Sunday gatherings at Collective.
What a mess! How do we begin to make sense of such a complex story, full of superstitious tasks, angelic directions, dubious questions and ridiculous outcomes. Should we seek signs? What if we get them? Do things actually turn out for the better? This week, we waded into a mess of a story and tried to make some sense and make some meaning.
This week we began our summer series, taking a colorful look through basic bible stories. We kicked off this week with the classic story of the Tower of Babel, dispelling traditional interpretations of hubris and punishment, and looking instead toward themes of fear, certainty, diversity and unknowing. It's going to be a fun and colorful summer.
Wine to Water is our way of supporting and acknowledging the worldwide water crisis. Wine to Water is a non-profit organization aiming to assist those in water crisis areas around the world, by drilling wells, and distributing necessary water filters. This organization not only distributes the products essential for clean drinking water, but also assists individuals in the community in utilizing their own products and materials, to sustain a clean source for years to come.
We held our annual Wine to Water fundraising event on May 31st at 5:00PM in the Collective building. This event involved a palatable wine tasting and pairing, guided by Wine to Water representatives. The Rivertown Cafe of downtown DeLand developed a mouthwatering pairing menu, that included fresh ingredients and four courses to match our two white wines, and two red wines.
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.