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This past weekend we were visited by Peter Rollins for the “Last Supper,” “Pints and Parables,” and for an interview at our Sunday service. A recurring theme in Peter Rollins’ work is the hidden message that we reveal to ourselves in dreams, subtle ideas, and the like that we typically suppress. That which we unconsciously keep from ourself hinders our understanding of ourselves. The lie that we tell ourselves may speak actually point to a greater truth that we are missing. This occurs on an individual as well as a societal level. The thing that we are missing may be the thing that keeps us from attaining to what we strive for.
The first two parables addressed the distinction in faith between getting the answer and entering into discussion. The obsession with getting the correct answer keeps us from being a part of the narrative that we observe. Parable is and effective tool in religious as they take the language of the tradition to respectfully innovate within them. Our circumstances dictate part of our personal philosophies, but it is up to us to determine whether we stubbornly defend our line of thinking at all costs or critically engage with them. Rollins tells the parable of two rabbis who argue enough for God to intervene. When God admonishes them they finally agree that God should mind God’s own business!
We can fully engage in something that we do not even know we are doing. The naive acceptance of the system we are a part of stops us from advancing it or from creating change.
The ironic viewer may laugh at the naive, who truly buys into the system. However, the naive may not truly exist. Perhaps the naive is just the ironic’s perception of other members of the system. The ironist still feeds the system, despite doubts. We might be too smart for the game, but we might still benefit by playing it, regardless of the cost.
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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