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athgarvan

HOMELESS

In recent times I feel 'homeless'. I no longer feel ‘at home' in our contemporary culture and for some time now I have felt resistant to the media calling me to be 'progressive'.

Nor do I feel ‘at home' with the concept of God I have grown up with; that focused on God as an elsewhere presence who banished humanity, and on Jesus as the one who won back humanity’s access to God’s presence; a concept of disconnection, of exile, and concentrated on the ‘next’ life.

Neither do I yet feel ‘at home' with the ‘new' concept and experience of God I feel drawn into of late that focuses on God as the ground of all being, the sustainer of all that is; who is everywhere; a God present and active in the universe and in whom we are connected with everyone and everything. This belief of course is not new. What is new is today’s broad worldview that gives us an expanded understanding and appreciation of ‘everywhere’ and ‘everything’. This is really a new context for spirituality, for being Christian, for liturgical practices, for a new way of being human. It’s a new way of being with Mystery.

Perhaps it's humanity’s present destruction of life on the planet and its seeming indifference to the implications of its own greed that is at the heart of my disquiet. Is it any wonder I feel ‘homeless’?

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not at all homeless!
Welcome to the home some of us have found
although there are not many in your wing yet
some avant guard theologians and thinkers are having tea in the garden

a group of us goddess people are laughing over in our cozy library
where he have candles and a big vase of flowers
we decided that "the Goddess" is the life force in all things
we just wanted that life force to look like us when we personified it/her

that life force is within each of us and can be reached by various means
and that life force is a mystery
so much to be discovered as humans try to understand another way of encountering that which always is
God who is everywhere.

We'll make a Quaker of you yet! :o)
I have just been reading about the wonderful work done by the Quakers during the Irish Famine in 1847. One of them, James Hake Tuke, tells us that he witnessed the eviction of six or seven hundred people in the west of Ireland. He writes of large families living in 'human burrows'; "quiet harmless persons, terrified of strangers"; "living, or rather starving, upon turnip-tops, sand-eels and seaweed, a diet which no one in England would consider fit for the meanest animal." etc., etc. May the good Lord bless them for their Christian caring.

Edited at 2016-05-11 19:59 (UTC)
I know the story of 'the soup' and how we didn't ask for anything in return (like conversion) as most other sects, to their shame, seem to have done.