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This week we enjoyed one of the most powerful evenings together at Collective. On Dia de los Muertos, we pulled together three of the most important disciplines of spirituality, of the Christian tradition, and of sacramental practice: Eat. Drink. Remember. We connected the center of our faith with the intuitive human connections between food and the dead, memory and celebration, facing loss and living fully. We did this most fully by practicing the communal meal together. A brief service was followed by a potluck, featuring the foods you connected with passed loved ones, family, memory, and values.
Dia de los Muertos is one of the most unique and most powerful evenings at Collective. Everyone came carrying a familial dish a loved one always made for get-togethers. Music was played that caused us to contemplate our mortality, a pot-luck went underway, and everyone gathered around their tables and told stories of remembrance. We considered how on Dia de los Muertos, death is not something to be feared. Rather, death is a part of the cycle of all life.
On Dia de los Muertos, our instinctual and religious fears of death are not reinforced. Instead, Dia de los Muertos throws parties and feasts, laughing in the face of this fear and reminding us of the connection between food and mortality. By taking the time to eat, we consider our own mortality as humans. By taking time to remember those who have gone on before us, we reflect on how all things must come to an end. By remembering these loved ones, we create a new space for life in our community. We concluded this sacred time of remembrance and celebration of the cycle of life by watching The Book of Life, a movie that illustrated this beauty and sacred nature of Dia de los Muertos.
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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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