Tuesday, November 07, 2006

So, I have an interesting question. How do we truly value the opinions of others when we are trying to accurately teach? What form does teaching take in this instance? Is it one where we offer different lenses for people to look through and then let them pick the lens? Do we just ask questions and let them answer on their own?

The reason I ask this is because it is a new way to teach community: Value a person, value their opinions, learn with them.

Carl and I are trying to pioneer this approach with the youth group in order to revere them as humans, friends, and fellow siblings in the kingdom of God.

There are a few other ideas that we need to think about when approaching community.

Mission: what does it mean to see our world not as one that we are familiar with and fit into, but as one that is strange that we must learn? What does it mean to truly find our neighbor not as "the same community" "fellow-American" "fellow in understanding and narrative", but to understand them as Wholly Other, Unique in Narrative, Stranger in Culture? How do we begin to approach the world? Hopefully earnestly trying to understand their context and to narrate the Gospel in their language and stories. (missions was way beyond the American church, and they still are doing a better job)

Parish: what does it mean to not try to get everyone, but only those in our immediate context, building relationships with neighbors, and not the entire populous? How does this effect the way church is done, both in evangelism, worship, discipleship, and mission? What needs should be met with this understanding? (It should be a community of friends)

Celebration of Community: How do we celebrate the community of our parish, what cultural ways can we celebrate the stories of those around us? In essence, how do we get involved festively?

Incarnation: How do we move beyond lectures and teaching, beyond conversation and coffee (though this can be incarnational) to real action? What does it mean to embody the gospel and live it? Why don't we have set aside incarnational times in the church week for the people to embody the gospel?

In all that I say, it comes from this: Let the Wisdom of God that shapes the earth, and forms relationships in covenant, fully actualized in Jesus Christ, breathe life into your flesh so that you to can actualize the wisdom of God.

Peace be with you

Logan Kruck

1 comment:

  1. ok, first off: you have andrew nichols as your movie listing... i am truly excited that you have a great director in front of you who has made movies that will continue to open eyes and show prophecy/exegesis of our times and culture as we live into the future. secondly, you should add m. night shamalan. or however you spell it. secondly. community is formed, as best i can tell because people choose on their own accord to become part of a community, and that must be reciprocated by the people who are already apart of a community. thus, a parish is not simply a geographical area, but also a group of people that create a geographical area. the chalenging process of teaching truth and respecting opinion while being inviting of the poeple who are not in the community into it - well we must learn that tradition is the ultimate authority on interpretation and opinion. hurray for tradition and for the security and ability to still be flexible that it allows. let us join in the eternal flow, and breathe in what God has for us.