AN AFFIRMATION OF FAITH+
We believe in a bright and amazing God,
who has been to the depths of despair on our behalf;
who has risen in splendor and majesty;
who decorates the universe
with sparkling water, clear white light,
twinkling stars and sharp colors,
over and over again.
We believe that Jesus is the light of the world;
that God believes in us, and trusts us,
even though we make the same mistakes
over and over again.
We commit ourselves
to one another as brothers and sisters,
and to the Maker’s business in the world.
God said: Let There Be Light.
(The Iona Community)
At the end of adult ed today [Sunday], Katherine or someone asked what's next, and during that conversation Sarah G. mentioned doing a sort of community art project for Advent. Which led to further conversation about Advent. I think it was Sarah G. who mentioned liturgical dance, as a joke, and I was like: Liturgical dance is great -- for someone other than me to do. Liturgical dance was basically dismissed, though, which kind of annoyed me since hi we have biweekly yoga and rent space to a contemporary art gallery. (Taize came up in a later conversation, and I fondly recalled Emmanuel Lutheran evening services, and thought: For all that I'm not hippie-dippie, here I am pro- liturgical dance and Taize, and actually trying to incorporate thoughtful breathing and stuff despite being somewhat resistant to the Peace Is Every Step book I've been reading.) Later, Sarah G. said she welcomed suggestions from people -- ideas, images, etc., and offhandedly mentioned camels, then said, "I hope you don't say camels," then said maybe we could do an animal theme of some kind. I then had an image of dancing camels -- you know, like the hamster dance online.
CHPC showed the documentary Peace Is Every Step tonight, so some of the congregants have been reading the book of the same name. Katherine mentioned the "Hope as an Obstacle" section [Googling got me the whole section sans final paragraph here] particularly given that we're coming up on Advent, which is so much about hope. In the context, it makes sense, because it's about being present rather than focusing on the future at the expense of the present, but it was still jarring to me as well.
I'd like to observe Advent in some sort of thoughtful way this year, but as per usual I don't really know how to go about doing that. Actually being in the same church(es) for the duration may help.