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This week we explored an unfamiliar story. Far from Primary in the biblical narrative, this we experienced a foreign tale from a foreign source. We did, however, encounter a familiar character. We finished our time with Daniel in one of the most thrilling and intriguing adventures to date. It offered us opportunity for critique and reflection, thoughtful conversation and introspection.
This week we revisited one of the well-worn stories of the Hebrew bible. Not only Daniel, but three of his his friends as well end up in a fiery furnace and live to tell about it. Engaging themes of magic, sorcery, dream interpretation, personality disorders, and mental instability, we looked at the story from a very different angle and let it ask us some probing questions. What does the story have for us if we refuse the assumption that we are the protagonists in the furnace, and instead view ourselves as the twisted king who puts them there?
On the heels of another great visit from Peter Rollins, we returned to the PRIMARY Series with a look at the story of Daniel in the lion's den. We reflected on the problems created by power struggles, what the art history of this Daniel story shows us and asks of us, as well as a new twist on how this story invites us to reflect on our own formation, convictions, and interpretation of the story we're living.
Yes, people are still talking about this. Honestly, we need the practice. Not one-sided rants on social media, not fear-fueled nor hate-hardened caricatures of every opinion different from our own, but dialogue. Discourse. If you're considering commenting and contributing to a civil conversation, please read Collective's community statement (bottom of page) and proceed. Mike does a great job of educating, offering his perspective, and inviting our reflection and engagement. Enjoy!
As we all know, the “rebel flag” has become a focal point of news media lately. Governor Nikki Haley’s call to remove it from the State House grounds in South Carolina following the Charleston tragedy has ignited raucous support and opposition. This is an important conversation that starts now, and provides a powerful opportunity for us as Christians (or whatever we consider ourselves at Collective) to bring redemption to a cultural system that has fallen short of Christ’s standard of grace and redemption.
Peter offered a subversive reading of the Christian narrative and tradition, in which a community is gathered around a loss. Rather than an object of desire or faith, he offered the lack of this object as the radical heart of good news. From there, he provided a reading of the last supper as the "lost" supper.
Last night, Peter Rollins (as he has a habit of doing) serenaded us with the Theo-Poetics of Loss that is pure Gain, of Love that is known despite and in the midst of Pain. We've been so fortunate to develop this long-term relationship with Peter and are excited about his ongoing work with Collective. In response to last night's event, our own Dan Vaughen wrote the following response and invitation for further reflection. Questions or comments on Peter's talk or Dan's reflection? Please weigh in and join the conversation in the comments.
"Peter observed that it was in the very experience of that pain of loss, that I could discover something new; become aware of a new truth." - Dan Vaughen
We are continuing the release of the five videos that Collective collaborated with Peter Rollins to produce while he was here for the Threshold Weekend this past February. In this second video, Peter talks about how we all seek to run from our suffering, but that the path to a richer life lies in confronting that suffering. A theme he explores in The Divine Magician.
We are thrilled to begin the release of five videos that Collective collaborated with Peter Rollins to produce while he was here for the Threshold Weekend in February 2015. In this first video, Peter offers a brief introduction to the subversive message of Pyrotheology through the lens of a magic trick. A theme he explores in The Divine Magician.
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.