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“Maybe the thing that you need to be courageous in is
changing your desire to change.”
This week we continued working through beginning stories within the Bible to help inspire ways we can seek to create new beginnings in our lives. We worked through the framework of text, context, questions, and practices, because a School of Love ultimately needs to offer ways to practice becoming more loving. The texts were 2 Kings 25 and Isaiah 65. The first text was about the creation of a new Heaven and a new Earth, challenging binary thinking of heaven verses earth, and inviting us into a new beginning of all things. The Isaiah story was about the rebuilding of the temple in Jerusalem after the Hebrews’ exile to Babylon. Upon returning to rebuild the temple, in what was believed to be their sacred real estate, they found it simply could not be recreated as it was before, which elicited the question: “Where is God?” The Hebrews found that they could not recreate their past normal, but perhaps it was possible to create a new normal.
Losing something we depend on can be devastating. Whether it be a relationship, a job, or an election, these losses alter our worldview and our ability to make meaning. We expanded upon the serenity prayer as a tool for combating the loss of those significant things, motivating ourselves to be more courageous in changing our desire to change. First, we must seek to create; to plant, to harvest, to build community. God creates through humans, and we create with what we have. Next, we challenged ourselves to remember. We do not want to regret the past, and we refuse to close the door on it. The past has got us to arrive where we are, and it is our best tool to make meaningful new beginnings; however, the past is not always easy to remember. We build our experience around memory, and in doing so we risk constructing a reality around our unhealthy experiences. So, we must also forget. Forgetting allows us to free ourselves from our past sufferings, opening us to opportunities to claim new responsibility in our lives. The Hebrews sacred temple made responsibility external. The temple was rebuilt, but it could never be the same as it was. The people were left still wondering, “Where is God?” Instead of attaching to those things we believe we cannot live without, we can attach ourselves to a way of being with each other in community. We can take responsibility to create something totally new, again and again, rather than exhausting ourselves in trying to reconstruct a past that can never be renewed.
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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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