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An Adaption of The Divine Magician, by Peter Rollins, for Collective’s Pledge Drive
Peter Rollins’ book The Divine Magician develops a metaphor for the Christian life as a magic act. He outlined this idea when he visited us in February, 2015 in a talk titled “The Vanishing Act of God.”
I am a 39 year old dad who struggled for 14 years seeking (with God) to change my same-sex orientation. I tried everything in the book, from reparative therapy, to ex-gay conferences, countless failed attempts in search of a church community that could understand my journey and respect it. Then, ultimately, I married a woman, believing change would come the moment I said I DO. This all lead me to a moment where, for the first time in my life, I questioned my existence, but thank God I found the right therapist at the right time.
I grew up in DeLand my entire life, and I decided to stay in town while doing my undergraduate education at Stetson University. I was a regular in a local church, involved in youth group and other events with that church. Once I began at Stetson, most of my connections to that church dissipated. I was introduced to Ben Collins in my first week at Stetson and eventually became a part of Canvas, which would evolve into Collective.
We're thrilled to announce Collective's first additional service. By adding an additional liturgical space and opportunity, we're hoping to expand the offerings for others to become involved, and for those already connected to become differently engaged in the practice of faith. This service is a very different, and highly complementary, service from Sunday night; but it also stands on its own as a moving, meaningful, and life-giving liturgy on its own.
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.
Paid Professional Childcare Available during Sunday Services
1 - 5 years of age | Childcare
6 - 11 years of age | Collective Kids