Peter Fitch asks questions about the relationship between gratitude and contentment. He looks at Scripture passages and stories and also refers to historian Barbara Tuchman’s book, The March of Folly; From Troy to Vietnam. He looks at situations where discontent caused troubling results and he wonders if people and societies can be too content, failing to work for justice in the world.
Listen as Lindsay McKay reflects on her own journey with what it means for something to be sacred. To do this, she uses the ongoing story of Antoni Gaudi’s La Sagrada Familia to tell a tale about the relationship between fear and destruction, curiosity and creation, with help from author Elizabeth Gilbert. Her premise is this: if humanity is part of creation, and creation is inherently good, shouldn’t we then be curious about our creative impulses instead of being afraid of them? Creativity and fear are close friends, after all. What if, instead of letting fear take the wheel, we invited curiosity into the driver’s seat in its place? Please note: this talk is really enhanced by seeing the images contained in the PowerPoint, so make sure to take a look!
Mark Groleau’s talk delivers a fresh take on what we traditionally call Jesus’ Prodigal Son story. Is this story about a father and a son – is it an analogy about God and grace – or is it something more? In the context of his two stories that come before it, Jesus challenges us not to lose count of what is important to God in all our quests for what is noble and right. Who am I forgetting about – who am I leaving out – when I’m fighting for what’s good?
(no recording today) It was family time at SCV. Adults and kids alike were asked to form groups and create a creature out of playdoh that had three super powers. Because we are a creative community, we had very interesting creatures. Groups had to then come together and create a story of how their creatures came together. We laughed a lot and enjoyed each other. Mark Groleau and Joy Benson Green shared personal stories and stories from the bible about how we see people who are different from us. We were all challenged as to what it would look like in today’s world to sit with our enemy…. to sit with those who have different religious views, political views and values. It was a great time of eating together and enjoying each other at SCV’s 2nd breakfast.