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This week we began a journey through the story of the prodigal son from three different approaches. Owen Stricklin, pastor of our sponsoring congregation, FUMC, delivered the first part of the series, offering a more traditional reading. In addition to the wisdom we're gaining from each reading, we will keep in mind the larger truth that there is always more than one way to read and engage a story, to hear and receive truth, to bring ourselves to the text as it seeks to bring us into the story. We can all relate to feeling lost, to bottoming out, to feeling the emptiness and failure of extravagance to truly satisfy. And we also can relate to being surprised by a fresh perspective on a tired old narrative.
This week, Owen Stricklin delivered a more traditional reading of the Prodigal Son story. We considered that the older son is portrayed as being just as lost as the younger son in the story, and the way that the father is read as representative of God. We drew parallels between the older son and the traditional christian community, and how the community can sometimes become lost due to their own sense of self-righteousness. We also discussed how people have the tendency to believe that they can tell God what to do if they are good enough. We want to tell God who to accept, and how to deal with people. Rather than attempting to tell God who we want excluded, we instead must learn to accept people where they are.
We are are excited to continue this series in the coming weeks, and view this classic story from a variety of different perspectives.
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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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