It is past midnight and I am too excited to sleep (I need to though- I am supposed to help all morning at my kids’ preschool at 8:30am).
I am finishing my presentation for a class on Christianity as a World Religion. The seminar is presented by a local interfaith association to the community and I’ll be covering ALL. OF. CHRISTIANITY. in 90 minutes.
I love this type of audience because I get to talk about Jesus and a life of faith with people who do not have all of the baggage that I’m used to dealing with in conservative evangelical circles. Or maybe they just have different baggage. With better handles. And wheels.
I get to think through new ways to describe who Jesus is, what those early communities were like, and the twists and turns that got us to where we are today. I get to explore the nooks and crannies of history that gets glossed over with Euro-American priority. I get to inhabit the meta-narratives of a global movement instead of the minutiae and malapropisms of church competition. I get to play with sociology and anthropology to consider how we tick and why we seek religion and spirituality.
What really propels me is that I get to think about the questions that people might ask and what my response might be- this exercise pushes the boundary lines of what faithful witness resembles and the further I wander from my origin, I find Christ there the same or more. I am reminded of deeper truths than the ones that I used to rely on. I become more confident in the love of Christ and less consumed with my self-love.
And throughout it all, I’m convinced that nothing can separate us from God’s love in Christ Jesus our Lord: not death or life, not angels or rulers, not present things or future things, not powers or height or depth, or any other thing that is created. Not our questions, our past, our skepticism or doubt. Not our creativity or love for another. And definitely not our sincere commitment to discovering a life of truth and grace in a community that includes all on the journey.
If you’re around north Orange County Tuesday night (August 28), you are welcome to come (info below). If you’re interested, I’m going to try to have a recording up soon. If that is not enough, we can get coffee/tea/beer.