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Sunday we dove into the world of parables. We began to investigate what a parable can be and cannot be. In this series we will be using coloring pages to interact with the parables and examine the truth of our experiences indirectly.
Ian began by giving a little background of the image used for Sunday and explained that all of the images being used in the coming weeks will provoke you to look at it again and again in order to deduce what the painting says to you in relation to the parables being discussed. The image of the lamb relates to the parable Nathan tells David, where a rich man who has many lambs take the one ewe lamb of a poor man to prepare for his visitor.
As Nathan shares this parable, David begins to read himself in the parable. He begins to evaluate the morale of his actions that ended in Bathsheba's pregnancy and the death of her husband in the war. Using this story as an example, Ben explains that a parable is often cast alongside someone or some situation in order to communicate the truth indirectly. They are not meant to be simple and ultimately require interpretation and personal engagement to reveal our values.
On the other side of things we looked at what a parable is not. Ian describes a parable as not being a tight narrative or story and it is not a simple message. Peter Rollins says “a parable does not give us information about the world but transforms the way we interact with the world.”
To further our deduction of parables in this series, Ian explains that the kids who attend Collective Kids will be given the opportunity to interpret the parables through drawing and writing. Some of these will be shared to further the discussion because kids sometimes see the obvious answers that adults can overlook.
Ben closed with a parable about a student and his teacher who were victims of the Sandy Hook shooting. Senator Chris Murphy used this story in his 15 hour filibuster following the Pulse shooting; using this as a way to show that we need to read ourselves into the parables and evaluate the truths that they are indirectly communicating so that there will be change and progress.
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