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Last night, Heather shared some moving background of her journey, and coming to find her welcome and belonging at Collective.
"Collective is a refuge in the wilderness, a safe space where I find a welcome and acceptance of who I am."
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.
In this third reflection on John Oliver's brilliant critique of abusive, predatory practices pertaining to church, faith, and money, we'll explore the depth of the lie known as the "prosperity gospel". We'll also explore the truth behind the "seed" metaphor that has been so abused in this version of religion and generosity.
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.
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?
“Your true home is in the here and the now.” -Thích Nhất Hạnh
Central to the experience of Christian practice is living presence in a community and with God. God is with us as Immanuel, known to us in history as Jesus, and the Christian Church has since been tasked with the embodiment of the intangible body of Jesus since his departure. There is a common expression among church goers “WWJD?” or “what would Jesus do?” that captures the idea of each individual’s life and expressions reveal Jesus in our life journey. You may be the only face of Jesus that someone meets, so please ask yourself “what would Jesus do?”. Less stereotypically evangelical is a phrase “love your neighbor as yourself”. In the New Testament, Jesus challenges followers to not only love neighbors, but to love those classified as enemies since that is a true challenge of holiness, of Divine Love.
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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