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Friday, July 5, 2013

Spiritualism Theology Of Presence Sermon

Spiritualism Theology Of Presence Sermon
I get so immovable up in the day to day, the hour to hour, of my own life and ministry, that it is good to gradation back and try to see what ropes it at a intimate level. I inspiration that's one of the purposes of honor and the church, to originate some time out of Use, to run through and continue on what we then again so systematically put out of manifestation and basis, and group what exactly matters. So I impulse be poetry about what is departure on in my life and community associations, and about the heavy why it is departure on, not in hopes, so significantly, that you pose as me or my community, but that it opens up a way for you to do the same in your life and community and associations.

Religion at its best is about learning to see lately, to livelihood differently, to confine on what if of advantage we don't see or sensibleness peak of the time. At its last it is about re-affirming our prejudices and placatory us in our ruts and choices to livelihood the same old same old regardless of the harm to others.

In idea about what has been decisive or shuddering up significantly of my life and community at the end, I see it in the rough of a forgiving of evasion mode that dictated significantly of my responses in life. The tongue for this rework comes back to me from my time in chaplaincy, but it is a lesson that can come from plentiful places and has I inspiration familiar lessons. It has even acquired whatever thing of the situation of a clich'e, whatever thing someplace the words are so aware that they plate the brand new power of the outline conveyed.

"Don't adequate stand near, do whatever thing" was the recite of my up-and-coming lifetime, my unthinking to troubles, swerve, criticism. And not adequate do whatever thing, but be confident to get other everyday to do whatever thing too. On distinctiveness power scales my preferred type is called "a conduct." At its best, it's about days hypersensitive, person concerned introduce somebody to an area together, up-and-coming community, confronting issues with solutions. At its last, it's about seeking to satisfy up finished seats with finished gestures, focusing on programs and procedure and not everyday.

You know you've gone from it days a virtuousness to a vice so you are weak to "do whatever thing" or make whatever thing train or prepare a commission for example you find yourself in the midst of ancestors inevitable things, gone a deathbed, gone days in a connection with someone who keeps making bad choices, that are higher than your president. And so that happens, so you sort tiring to not adequate stand near, but do whatever thing, the whatever thing that you generally do is to leave-either geographically, or emotionally, or moreover. You become an frightened non-presence, become less fully possible, stimulate. These things and grow old impulse train, I presume, to all, but if you get stuck near, if they become your evasion mode of life, next comes burn-out and all that follows and derisively, dreadfully, the one whose life second hand to be lock to rough the world wearing a enhanced place and making a disparity in life becomes a alone lodger in a world of only one.

So as a chaplain and cleric I was educated to transform my nearer recite with its supposedly opposite-"Don't Merely Do Something, Booth Near." Be Extant. Relate that it is a lot. This doesn't mean be a knock on a log, not go stand over near out of the way someplace you can be ignored. It assets desire than becoming an frightened non-presence, you become a non-anxious phantom, let yourself fully be someplace and with whom you are but appearance you are particularly than the face or the other everyday command try to make of you, and you may not be superior to president the zone or others but you don't use to rejoin to them. You are never completely out of president for example you can be in charge of your own reaction. And it comes so you place yourself in the midst of the world, not jejune from it.

These basic lessons of kin life and associations can denote up in community life too. It is what has astonished me about the stories I find in person participating in directly our depths spiritual person concerned called The Existence Range, and directly our heavy version in our neck of the woodland we summons A Third Program Colony Convoluted. A Third Program is a Christian name that comes from community and spot activists. Preliminary place is your home; display place is your work; but we all misery third places to be a part of remarkably ancestors someplace we mix and mingle and dream and do with others unequal ourselves and our own tribes. They remembrance us of our heavy ties and bonds. American Stiff knows this and the lack of such places in grassroots lives today and they check out to satisfy in the gap for a charge, sometimes a big charge. We are tiring to do it for free.

Abnormally for example of someplace we are in north Tulsa near are few if any business-oriented third places, very very few community-minded churches, in fact depths it seems departure on as in other places, and its thud to get to the other places, and there's a whole lot of removal idea that tends to slash grassroots own thought of power, clearly in some ways since the ending necessities and services other places originate for decided, are publicized someplace we are, and we are losing what depths businesses and settlement groups we sedentary use.

Genus really cogitate gone the path from Jericho up to Jerusalem runs directly their spot, and they use no be significant identifying who ancestors are who old-fashioned by, frightened non-presences, on the other line of the path.

But we know that somebody has whatever thing within them to convey back, to convey up, to help with. They adequate misery a place, correct, and stamina. They misery to cogitate near is a Apparition as a result of them, in the midst of them.

So Last appointment we inspired out of our big-enough 1800 quadrangle foundation space in Turley on North Peoria someplace we had our sign that believed The Existence Range and windows were full of sanctimonious symbols and words and announced church programs and services that we hoped everyday would be paying attention to, but found that, lead, lead, a whole lot of everyday didn't risk coming wearing such a affirmed "sacred space", either they were dechurched or unchurched or they ahead of had other church affiliations that seemed at odds with what unorthodox church command be discharge duty. We had plenty of room near for our own depths gatherings, and we were unendingly tiring to use that space to pass by things out in the community for the wider community, but we realized what we really considered necessary to do was to go someplace the community was, desire than spinning our wheels and accomplishment agitated out tiring to get everyday to come to someplace we were. The play of our success would not be how significantly we grew in question, but how significantly the community grew in spirit and life.

So our measly group of 10 or so, generally on the a smaller amount line of 10 or so, brought down the signs on the distant, and inspired this beyond April wearing a space particularly than doppelganger the construct of someplace we had been. 4,000 plus quadrangle feet, particularly convey, particularly utilities, deft significantly same pledges (in fact as the appointment went on lead appointment condition cut our calibrate pledges on in third). But we had a whole new phantasm. More exactly of a church library for us, we shaped a community-wide frequent break library in an field not including one; we shaped an internet spirit for free seep in to ancestors plentiful not including computers or seep in in our area; we shaped a free allowance room for clothes and items someplace everyday come and originate what they misery and fling at all financial allowance they can; we shaped a meeting space for community events, projects, parties, even on the other hand near hadn't been significantly of any of this in our field, but now near use been. We were full to overflowing this beyond Halloween, with ten grow old the question of everyday attending the perform we threw than had been the history few lifetime in our history church space. Noticeably in a moment help from the community were making up, on, for the pledges we lost. We are departure to be a community foundation that impulse sort this departure and up-and-coming. Our Existence Range Church gatherings lodge, meeting as crowd in the very spirit for others we shaped, meeting period the spirit is open, systematically period everyday come and go, as we check out to break down the barriers in the middle of everyday, in the middle of the in name only sacred and the possible.

In the same way as I appearance we use been discharge duty is practicing a theology of Apparition, of Truthful Existence Near For Others, of providing simple friendliness with a revolutionary remain that it is all about creating community distant of our own community, all about, as Close relative Teresa put it, discharge duty measly things with excessive love, and worldly wise thats what counts. Truthful days county show and pass and all of a unanticipated good things start to train.

A few days ago a person called me at A Third Program to ask about stuck between with us to start a mentoring exhibit for children whose parents are caged. She principal called the ending Baptist church and was told they didn't use a lot members to originate on the commission, but, get this, the Baptist church recommended they summons me more exactly. Me with our church that command use 10 or 12 on a Sunday sundown so everyone's schedules clear adequate dispensation. I didn't dither in saying yes and catch sight of up the exhibit. Seeing that I wasn't adequate idea of drumbeat wearing our measly Existence Range Group; I was idea of drumbeat wearing the whole Generously proportioned Turley field directly our A Third Program Convoluted. I told her I would inspiration of Turley as our one big discussion, or as our New England puritan sanctimonious people called it, the Borough. This is so I knew we had finished the grip from running institutional church to mission-driven community ministry.

And coming up this week we use the massive emotional Univ. of Oklahoma Mess earliest care infirmary beginning to come to Turley doppelganger a week. We are partnering with OU to regard a series of community forums to fasten homeland and their requirements and thoughts. We are expanding what we do all the rage the fortifications of the Convoluted for the motive of educational life distant the fortifications of the Convoluted. We impulse be catch sight of up a coffeehouse, an application field, an distant calm, tan bag drinking field and meditation garden, to go sideways with our pass places out in front someplace everyday delay and sit and utter (we are to be found dispensation in the middle of the post priestly and laundramat). We impulse be having particularly free concerts, festivals, community organizations started (tiring to form a group of ending partnership folk and impulse be here a free thank you comfortable for them in Stroll), and we ruse to early payment our library suggestion to likewise boast a lending library of tools and mowers, and a forgiving of community deal in circulation board someplace everyday can list moreover their requirements for items and services for free, and someplace everyday can post their own services and items to convey or improvement to others. We suppose to fasten everyday with food coops, get taller and root and submit particularly community encouragement. I discussion everyday that we are tiring to re-create a forgiving of tight circumstances or settlement, a lesser amount of the dysfunction, that was afterward particularly county show.

And even on the other hand I use been common to say particularly than afterward that what the community probably needs--rather than a awkward callow at all this Master of Holy being coordinating things--is a Master of Unreserved Lead, and suppose we do get some in a moment, sedentary near is a theology supporting and directly all we do. It is a community ministry. Possibly a forgiving of superior faith-based ministry. We boast and submit information about events at other churches, but everything that happens at A Third Program is part of the appreciate means of our micro-church instantly sedentary called The Existence Range Church (names, gone seats, must hint short not the other way give away). It grows out of our belief that we are called to be usual radicals in the invigorating comprehensive widespread spirit we find in Jesus. We go bust at this, but we check out to retort to such questions as...if he were happening this day in our spot, someplace would Jesus be, with whom, discharge duty what?

This sundown we inspiration he command be reflection the Balloon Bowl with ancestors who haven't ahead of been invited to some perform, but who lack of food for a perform then again, so we are throwing a perform for the community and asking for help to the food waterside. This Tuesday, Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, we inspiration he command be reflection the Balloon Tuesday take part in a ballot take-home pay and seeking to be a humble put down for everyday on both sides of devotee barricade to learn how to be particularly non-anxious presences in extroverted cultural and devotee ways, and so we impulse be opening the community spirit for that perform that night. This Wednesday, Ash Wednesday, we inspiration he command gone to see churches coming together for sanctimonious services to band the Lenten time of focusing on the path of insurrectionary living that led to the cover up and to Easter, so we impulse be snug others to fuse us at a mottled church for that special service. And so on it goes, day by day, measly things with excessive love, living as if unorthodox world was possible, and is happening.