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Last Sunday, Ben Collins asked us to reflect on the many figurative and literal meanings of water. One that stood out to him was the concept of water as a tool that draws groups of people together, in other words, forming communities.
Water has been used to describe and illustrate a myriad of concepts. Water can be a metaphor for truth, essential need, and quests. In addition, Ben offers the statement that "water seems to equalize the playing field." In the same way, water resists divisions because it provides life for every human being. Ben states that the water of life is either for all, or not at all. Water provides us with the opportunity of health, education, safety, peace, and equality for all.
However, we seem to get bogged down in divisions all too often when it comes to life. Ben reflects on the specifics to wine, and relates this to religious scholars and students who also look at particulars when comparing religion. Sometimes rather than offering the essential need, a way to quench one's thirst, we offer the specifics and speciality of wine.
Ben describes water further by illustrating it not as religious based, but human based: "This isn't a religious conviction, it is a human conviction." Sometimes, we do focus too much on the particulars of wine and religion. And often, this is not what someone needs, but rather a satisfaction, as simple as water. Collective is particular to the differing paths of the members, but also equal in its need to quench our own thirsts.
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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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