Saturday, July 19, 2014

3. A World of Meaning (We Make the Road by Walking)

"Creation reveals wisdom through its patterns" (p. 12).

1.  What one thought or idea from today's lesson especially intrigued, provoked, disturbed, challenged, encouraged, warmed, warned, helped, or surprised you?

2.  Share a story about a time when you lived by the logic of rivalry, compliance, or meaningless mechanism.  How did that work out for you?

3.  Imagine and describe what your life would be like if you chose to live more by the logos of love than you do now.

4.  Is there a movie that you like to watch again and again?  What about it makes you want to keep enjoying it again and again?


5.  Share with someone this week — a family member, a friend, a coworker, or an acquaintance — the idea that we all live by a certain logos or logic.  Ask them which logos they see to be most powerful in today's world — rivalry, compliance, meaningless mechanism, or love.


6.  Observe a few moments of silence to imagine yourself living more fully in the logos of love.

We Make the Road by Walking: A Year-Long Quest for Spiritual Formation, Reorientation, and Activation ~ by Brian D. McLaren, 2014


AuntyDon said...

When I think of the logos at work in the world today, I think there are examples of all of them at work.But I want to talk about the logos of meaningless mechanism here because it was mentioned during communion yesterday. The woman presiding at the Lord's table reminded us of the times that friends from "other denominations" often tell her that communion is meaningless for us because we celebrate it whenever we gather. She reminded us that the table is the core of our faith in the hospitality we share with all of God's children. It is what unites us all under God's love. I get frustrated when I get this response from others when I say we have COMMUNION every time we gather because it is another example of pointing out differences rather than the the unifying message of love that Jesus lived.

Shirley said...

Good insight. Your comments quickly brought to mind other situations in which communion causes division rather than unification. Our church practices closed communion which does seem to be another case of the church closing others out. The mother of a son who was developmentally disabled told of the hurt he felt when he was not allowed to participate in communion. One family brought some candles for him which provided some solace. Another situation was a case in which a friend left the Catholic church as she had found "home" in a Methodist church. When her father died, she felt sad when the other family members took communion and she was not allowed to join in.
The differences and criticism that arise even over communion certainly are examples of the judgmental approaches taken by people.