Monday, November 15, 2004

Shall We Gather At The River........Again?

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who participated in last night's meeting at the High Street House. It just wouldn't have been the same without the many folks who came from Third Street to help us broaden the historical picture that we were attempting to collectively draw. It served as a good reminder to me of the very deep common bond that we continue to share as different complementary expressions of the overall ministry of Communality. And even though all of us don't share the same memories or the same level of bonding, I'm convinced that its through periodic times like these that we'll ultimately be able to upbuild and stretch each other as we continue to grow. Each and every story, memory, lesson,idea,struggle, and overcoming has its own indispensable place in our shared life, and learning how to tell the story of our communal journey is a great way to celebrate our belief in that reality. So, thanks again to everyone for coming out and making it a special night for us. It meant a lot, and we're very grateful. Let's keep looking for opportunities to gather at the river...........

3 comments:

Blue November said...

I appreciated John's addition of the bridge as the streams diverged, connecting the three branches of the river with the memory of the retreat at Otter Creek... of Kim's baptism and serving communion, and the unity that should resonate within us. May our feet be wet with the solidarity of a single Source and the mingling of waterways.

geoff said...

it was a great evening and a glorious work of art emerged as people added their craft to the mix. thanks to those responsible for planning and conceiving the river imagery.

billy said...

Blue November,

Thanks for your post about the bridge that John drew bridge spanning the the three different tributaries of the "Communality" river. It was (and is) a great way to symbolize the essence of Jesus' prayer in John 17, where he prays for a unity among us that will mirror the unity within the Godhead. But what I like the most about the image of the bridge spanning the rivers, is that its not a naive or unnuanced understanding of unity that suggests everything being flattened onto one uniform template. Instead, its an image that holds the ideas of unity and community together in a way that enables all of the parts of the body to move and work together for the good of the whole. And I think that's something we need to be mindful of as we continue to move forward.