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This Sunday, Katy brought to us a lesson which all of us at Collective can relate to: the loss of loved ones. In this month of celebrating women, the lesson reminded us of the ladies which we may not be surrounded by today, such as grandmothers, aunts, mothers, teachers, and sisters.
Katy started off by reminding us of some of our greatest failures when it comes to dealing with death. Many would rather suppress our anger and sadness, rather than reaching out for help from others who have also been hurt by the death of ones they love. We do not want to seem broken. Katy reminded us of the stigma of being broken as a solider, and the consequences this brings. And this suppression goes both ways, in that we may hope that others do not remind us of our own grief. This in turn creates a cycle of hurt.
But through death, new life springs.
These words can remind us of what is to come, and offer us a way to grieve more openly, without fear of seeming small and helpless. Collective offers us a safe space to grieve, as also to ask for help. Katy offers Collective as, "a place which you won't be turned away."
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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