"Many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view." - Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Join us tonight, Tuesday May 26th for God on Tap upstairs at Forest and Main. Our topic tonight is "The Danger of a Single Story."
The Danger of a Single story is an idea coined in a TED talk of the same name by Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and the theme we are exploring this spring at UDLC in connection to Pastor Dyan's Sabbatical. Here's the TED talk:
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In brief, as in the wise words of Obi-Wan Kenobi above, sometimes we get trapped in single cultural, political, religious, or personal story, and we miss the richness of the varieties of other cultures or experiences. We project our experience or story onto other people or other things and miss the beautiful complexities can be present there.
Hello friends! I want to share with you this great video about God on Tap that was put together by our synod as a way of encouraging other congregations and communities to think creatively about how and where they gather and make meaning. I think they did a great job. Thanks to Jack Freeston, Dan Endicott, and Deanna Daughtery for providing interviews! Our next God on Tap gathering is on Tuesday, May 26th at 7:30 upstairs at F&M. Our topic will be out next week. - Keith
Join us on Tuesday, April 21st at 7:30 upstairs at Forest & Main for our next installment of God on Tap! Our topic will be embodied spirituality.
Sometimes when we talk about spirituality and faith we focus on spirit, soul, faith, and knowledge and forget about the role our bodies play in our spirituality and faith.
I was reminded of this listening to the This Everyday Holy podcast by my friend Mihee Kim-Kort, in the episode called “Bodies Matter.” She points out that the resurrection stories in the Gospels emphasize again and again that Jesus was risen in bodily form. The disciple Thomas insists on putting his fingers in the scars on Jesus’ hands and side from his crucifixion (John 20:24-29). In the story of the road to Emmaus, the disciples don’t recognize Jesus until he breaks bread with them at dinner (Luke 24:13-35). Even then they think he is a ghost. Then he shows them his scars and eats a piece of fish just to prove he’s really real (Luke 24:36-49). She also reflects on the embodied-ness of her life and faith.
The body is important.
Our bodies are important—and an integral part to our spiritual lives.
Join us for God on Tap tomorrow night, Tuesday March 24th 7:30pm, upstairs at Forest & Main Brewing Company. Our topic will be the challenges and gifts of living as people of faith in today's world.
At our last gathering just a couple weeks ago, we started talked about the capacity of religions to do harm and to help. As the conversation went on, we talked much more personally about the challenges and tensions we experience living our faith. We talked about the tension in living between a capitalist economic system that leverages self-interest and an ethic of faith that emphasizes the interests and needs of others. We talked about the ways we try to make a difference and shine a light in big and small ways in a world that often seems so dark and troubled.
What are the challenges you experience of living out your faith today? What are the gifts?
What are the tensions you experience between Christianity and culture? How do you negoitate them?
See you tomorrow night!
Image: Welling Court Murals in Queens, NYC, photo taken by Jes Kast-Keat
Tonight's God on Tap is postponed due to expected winter weather hitting the area this afternoon. We are looking to reschedule for Tuesday, March 10th, same time, same place, same topic. I will confirm that date once I've talked with Forest & Main. Will this winter ever end? :) - Keith
Join us for our next God on Tap on Tuesday, March 10th from 7:30-9:00pm upstairs at Forest & Main. Our topic will be the capacity for religion to do great good and great harm.
You may have heard some of the chatter following the White House Prayer Breakfast when President Obama talked about how religious extemism is not exclusive to Islam, but that the history of Christianity is also marked by extremism like the Crusades, to which we might also add The Spanish Inquisition and, particularly difficult for Lutherans—the Holocaust.
Some of the questions that come to mind for our conversation are: how do we acknowledge the pain our religion traditions have caused? What makes that difficult? How do we own up to our own history and recognize the intended or unintended consequences of the ways we read the Bible, practice faith, and organize our religious communities?
Of course, it would be nice to think that all the harm Christianity has done is all in the past. It would be easy to say, and many do, that Islam is somehow a primitive religious culture whereas Christians are now more enlightened. In fact, Islam has been at the forefront of scientific and artistic culture for centuries—at times well ahead of Christianity. And Christianity, while priding itself on its Western enlightenment, often remains blind to the way we still do harm.
So, what are the ways the church may still do harm today? How can we rectify that? How do we remain faithful members of a religious tradition while still being honest enough to critique it? On the flip side, is this capacity for harm something keeps you away from organized religion? Does the difficult history of organized religions invalidate the entire tradition?