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This week we traveled familiar territory, but did so by an unfamiliar path. We asked some questions about the revival of the soul, spoken of in Psalm 23 and got behind some of the specific words and phrases that brought that understanding to life. We also engaged in some very practical, tactile methods of how we might experience this.
Revival. It's a word filled with religious jargon. The word calls into mind the big tent, overzealous, week long services where preaching, singing, and questionable miracles take place. But this week, we reclaimed the word 'revival' in a decisively Collective way. We began this week with an interactive experiment: we held a cup of water, sloshed it around, and watched as the water returned to a state of rest. From this visual experience, we considered how the water can represent the state of our minds--restless with rapids or serenely at peace. Revival, or renewal, is returning from our chaotic lives to our center, a state of non-anxious presence. But how do we arrive at this?
We contemplated on how in Hebrew, the word for 'soul' can also be written as 'breath.' Our breath reveals the state of our minds--rapid breathing is from stress, and focused breathing reflects peace. By returning to our center through focusing on the divine, we find peace in the midst of the chaos. One particular form of meditative breathing we practiced was the idea of making each breath into a prayer, in a sense fulfilling the verse in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 asking us to "pray without ceasing." We inhale stress, worry, negative energy, and exhale peace and love. This purposeful breathing centers us, allows us to experience the pain of the world, and mindfully choose to remember that there is a deeper experience than what is happening to/around us.
Read more about this service from one of our own, Michael Alger, HERE
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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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