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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.”
This week has been an absolute gift. Not easy. Beautiful and tragic, in fact. But a gift.
As we’ve prepared for, and gotten into the pledge drive, I’ve been asking for, listening to, and curating stories from people about why Collective matters to them, what it means to them, and why they are willing to support it financially.
Lemme say, I’m a fan of serendipity. And it could be one of those things like, “When you’re a hammer, everything looks like a nail.”, or “What you seek you will find.” But I have a sense that there’s more going on here. I think there’s something in the air. There is a life and energy in what we’re doing that is bigger than us. We are caught up in something, of which Collective is a particular, local, and incredibly important expression.
In addition to the stories I’ve been seeking out, this week provided an onslaught of stories that moved me in extraordinary ways. A few of these stories are connected to people who give to Collective, but most of them aren’t. These stories reminded me how important this work is.
Let's consider Bart's Prayer. No, not Barth, the prominent Swiss Protestant Theologian; Bart Simpson, whose character has an endearing, but often mistaken arrogance. He’s not an ingrate, but he does seem ungrateful. We resonate with his anti-establishment, rule-breaking sense of autonomy, but even we must critique such a misguided sense of isolated independence.
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
Last week, we began what will be a series of reflections on John Oliver's critique of televangelism, predatory religious practices regarding money, and the divine economics of religious reciprocity. This week we'll reflect on a segment of the video where John handles the scandalous misuse of the $20,000,000 company jet (HAHAHA!).
So, you may be wondering, since Collective isn't misappropriating Jesus-jet funds and usage, how does our financial oversight work? And, if Jesus-jets aren't in fact the "vital tools" that Collective needs, what are the vital tools?
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.
The first new release in our Collective Stories series. Steve and Sharon share their path and their depth of belonging at collective. Can you relate?
If you missed last night at Collective, or just want to refresh, reflect and join the conversation, the full service Live-Cast and edited Podcast are here for you. We hope they'll stimulate more than our individual thought and reflection, and will draw us more deeply into the conversation of the community.
In Part 1, we reviewed the connection between presence and community as a core piece of the Christian narrative. Here we will explore the facets of presence in our core community practices: Eucharist/Communion/Last Supper/Love Feast.
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.
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