Today, through a mutual friend, I ended up randomly meeting up with two beautiful people. Tamara Park, author of “Sacred Encounters” and one of her traveling companions. I have not read the book but now want to. It bills itself as a bit of a travel journal as she treks through terrain between Rome to Jerusalem, and covers territory such as faith and doubt in between. I suspect she picked up many stories along the way–she listened intently in the little half hour we had together, and while I wanted to hear more about her and her life she continued to simply encourage my own sharing. What a marvelous quality to discover in some one else. I hope to encounter her more and emulate the beautiful way of engaging the world around her that she seems to have. Cheers!
The second event. Tonight Jessie and I embark on a seven week book club adventure reading through “A Theory of Everything” by Ken Wilber together with a group of fellow “post-Christian” adventurers. I read the intro last night and found myself excited for the voyage ahead. There were two things that stood out to me. 1) He talked about the “de-throning” of post-modernism by other more viable stories. While post-modernity emphasized the nurtured cultural models of the beliefs we have concerning the world, making them little more than embedded myth and accepted fables; such discoveries as evolutionary psychology, chaos theory/complexity, and M-Theory/String Theory, have helped us realize that while things may not have readily apparent reasons for why they are…they still ARE! In other words there are bigger stories than post-modernisms particular one, at work. That intruiges me. Another thing that Wilber said in the intro was particularly good: “we may not be able to get a view of EVERYTHING but isn’t a little bit of wholeness better than none at all?” And I found that hopeful and redemptive. All in all, I’m excited to take the journey together with my wife and other friends who all seem to find ourselves in the same space. What dreams may come? It will simply be good to gather around a challenging text and be stretched again.
These are little blips of community that I see taking shape again… Receiving the stranger, creating space of sacred encounters, and then allowing others into the place of concept and stories to encounter something Other.
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