Thursday, August 01, 2013

Colossians 3:1-11

Pentecost +11 - Year C 


For those who don’t live in an either/or world, there is no putting to death those parts of us we would disown if we could. We can hedge them round, but those boundaries need to be constantly attended.

It is tricky enough to attend to what we want to do without adding in control issues about what we do not want to do. Here we have the first two of the United Methodist General Rules: Do No Harm; Do Good. What is presumed is some Engagement with G*D.

Escaping some forecast wrath to come used to be a big motivation. This fits well with the lower part of the spiral development model. It is not fitting so well with the Yellow and Turquoise stages.

Imagine for a bit what might be an organizing question for the present day. If not escape, what?

Would enhancing gratitude be an attractor? This, as differentiated from repression of self? If not something in this arena, what then.

I’d like to establish a contest to come up with a significant organizing questions for 2013 and 2014. I don’t have a prize in mind, but this is really one of those contests where the satisfaction is in the participation, not the result. Do send those cards and letters in.


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