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This week we wrapped up our season in the Psalms. We ended with a double reading, examining both the literal final Psalm in the collection, as well as a Psalm that serves as a benediction, or a sort of sending blessing of closure. We made connections with last week's look at breath, as well as raised questions about praise, God, blessing, and who all of this is ultimately for and about.
This week we traveled familiar territory, but did so by an unfamiliar path. We asked some questions about the revival of the soul, spoken of in Psalm 23 and got behind some of the specific words and phrases that brought that understanding to life. We also engaged in some very practical, tactile methods of how we might experience this.
BY MICHAEL ALGER | MONDAY, OCTOBER 19TH, 2015
I was so glad I resisted the urge to stay home from Collective last night. I had this urge only because I had a busy weekend and was tired, and it’s about a 40 minute drive for me, even though Deland rocks and I always find something amazing to eat and drink following the service. Past experience though has taught me that unless I have a tangible reason not to go do something that has been beneficial in the past, simply not feeling like it is not a valid reason and I always end up satisfied in resisting that excuse.
This article originally appeared as a post on Michael's page, HERE
This week we explored the cry for justice. We joined the Psalmist in lamenting the reality that justice does not exist... even as we celebrate the fact that we know what justice is. Even without existence, we know the unconditional call of justice in our gut and in our bones. So, how can it not be a thing, and yet so powerfully move us and shape us?
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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.
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