Faces of God: Introduction

Through Lent for our Houston, TX  and North Atlanta meetings, we will be exploring our Faces of God series.  Here is our introductory lesson that sets the stage for our future lessons.  The fundamental aspect of this series is the understanding that language is both necessary and limiting.  Ultimately, the contemplative works to move beyond language, but before we can do that, we have to take a close, intentional look at the language we use.

[audio http://brotherkenneth.files.wordpress.com/2014/03/introduction.mp3]
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1 Response to Faces of God: Introduction

  1. Seems to be biblical means not merely repeating what was said or done (i.e., the words they used of ‘God), but exploring and experimenting with the scriptural Story as a fluid model for us, as we continue the Story now. If so, then, the diversification of names and images of the Divine models for us to continue in the tension of respect for the past and reshaping to speak to generations present and to come. I see this talk as a subject very needful in the present, and, also, as showing how we are still grappling with a matter of language the Church does not address well, at all. When I go to worship, I am sometimes disturbed by the use of language consistently that has little to do with our world now (How does the language of ancient, Middle Eastern imperialism and English kingship translate to my world and its challenges, in contrasting norms of polity and life? Personally, Jesus the King seems very foreign to me living in 21st America.). I, also, wonder how many persons truly want to be in the Church but feel disconnected through language – as well as many who enter the “church-language” world weekly for about an hour, and leave with no sense of connection with their “real-world.” I, also, propose that language is a matter of justice: language divides, or reconciles – both to the Sacred, and to one another. Grace!

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