affirm our view of god while at the same time realizing that that view
is inadequate. hence we act both as theist and atheist. this a/theism
is not some agnostic middle point hovering hesitantly between theism
and atheism but, rather, actively embraces both out of a profound
faith. just as christianity does not rest between transcendence and
immanence but holds both extremes simultaneously, so it too holds
atheism and theism together in the cradle of faith."
“how (not) to speak of god” by peter rollins
Its been hard for me to put into words exactly, what my thoughts and feelings and impact the Minnekon workshop/event/extravaganza has made on me. I have sat down a few times to try and plunk out what it is that this feeling is within me. Words, fail.
First let me start by saying that I am not a critic by nature. I can think critically, come up with thoughts all on my own, deny that 'sheep' mentality that is ever so prevalent in church culture. However, I am an optimist. I love hearing ideas, creating new spaces, pushing myself ever forward into new ideas. I try to hear and see the good in all that I encounter.
Second, it was so much more than a workshop for me. I made new friends, danced, was entertained and did a little entertaining of my own. What happens when some of your most favorite nouns (irish people, god talk, art, emergent conversation, learning, collaboration) from your world all collide ? Its was like a big love mashup. I am left grateful, hopeful, changed.
So, the Minnekon event last week was a party of 5 friends and practitioners from the Ikon community in Belfast Ireland coming to Minneapolis and leading a group of us, locals and no-locals alike. The style of the event was really really awesome, and played to the best of my learning styles. We met each day (Wednesday through Friday) from 4 PM to 9 PM. From 4-6 we learned via lecture'esque style from Peter Rollins and some chiming in here and there from the rest of the Ikon gang, Tony Jones and Chris Enstad. At 6 we broke for dinner, and then gathered back from 7-9 for some practices and do-ing, led by Kellie, Willow and Jonny. Adam does a serious bang up job of blogging the conversations and themes, so I can only point you there.
There were so many highlights, but for me there are three things that will stay with me for a very long time, and have transformed my be-ing.
- The first was creating a poem together. The excersize started out by being asked to write one word, just one word, that would describe how we felt about or what we hoped for out of and in the Minnekon experience. After we had that one word, we were to pass our paper clockwise to the next person. Taking that first word, we then wrote a phrase starting with that word. Pass the paper clockwise, and write a word. And phrase. And word, and phrase. Then, pass one more time, read the poem, and give this poem a title. Silly, profound, whatever struck your fancy. The best part was next. Three people stood and performed these new works of art for all of us. As I heard my words, mixed with others, I heard the hopes and laughter, the anticipation and trepadation of us all. Brilliant.
- GODISNOWHERE. Depending on where you are, you might read this sentance two ways. GOD/IS
/NOWHERE or GOD/IS/NOW/HERE. Its like the lady image, old woman or young woman. Neither answer is right or wrong, its just perspective, how I see the world from the context, place, being that I am right now. (from a blog I found and love)"I never question God. I can only question my assumptions of God. I only question my understanding of God.” – Peter Rollins. Yep. Right on.
- There is one more, but as I am writing now… I am discovering it needs a space all its own, its own pondering and post.
So … to be continued….