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Place Matters

Have you ever considered how the environment around you shapes your perspective of life? how the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods influence who we are?

A few months ago, we had a piece on the theology of the Built Environment and the video below goes into more detail about the Parish Collective on Churches, Places, and Spaces

Where are those places where the whole church is in the whole neighborhood?

The Parish Collective is about connecting and resourcing the people of faith in particular neighborhoods to be the church in the place they live. The video above was produced by The Other Journal.

A Strange Word – Following Jesus in Postmodernity and Monastic Orders

“…from that moment many of His disciples turned back and no longer followed Him.  You do not want to leave too, do you? Jesus asked the Twelve.” – John 6:66-67

From time to time, Jesus said and did some things that were rather strange.  He broke every social taboo he encountered while on the way to Jerusalem.  He elevated the status of women in a patriarchial world.  He spoke of a Kingdom that inverts this world’s paradigm of power, authority and what it looks like to be “blessed”.  He is the High King of Heaven that conquered his enemy by dying on the cross.  He rose from the dead.  In the context of these verses Jesus just finished telling his disciples that one day they would have to eat his flesh and drink his blood.   Several of his disciples had said that was a little too strange for them and left him right then and there.  The Twelve’s response to Jesus’ rather vulnerable questions was the polar opposite, “Lord, to whom else would be go?  You alone have the words of eternal life.”

The strange-ness of Jesus both alienates and attracts those who come near enough to hear what he has to say. (more…)

From Duty-orientation…to Delight-orientation

Many East Asian Americans suffer from a spirituality that’s oriented towards the fulfillment of duty. The Confucian heritage is organized in terms of duty fulfillment. If you want to be a good parent and not bring shame upon yourself and your family, you fulfill your duty by sacrificing for your children. If you want to be a good child and not bring shame upon yourself and your family, you fulfill your duty by sacrificing for your parents. Parental sacrifice is reciprocated with filial piety. Since the version of Confucian culture that people are familiar with is an informal, populist one, fulfilling our duty is considered good regardless of our inner disposition.

Think of the immigrant parent who says (more…)


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