With an invitation to an Honest Advent, Jess shares some confessions that begin with her own reluctance to welcome advent this year. She reflects on how speaking the truth in this way can help clear the air, and perhaps even make a little room in our hearts to welcome a Saviour. Then she considers why advent begins with apocalyptic passages about the end of the world, and connects this to our current context and how we might stay awake in this season — as we watch and wait for Christ’s arrival today.
Reflecting on today’s lectionary readings and her father’s life and legacy, Wendy shares a vulnerable and compelling message on the extravagance of God’s love, and how messed up theological assertions of a God who elects some and rejects others really is. Weaving together stories and experiences from her own life, and her commitment to a gospel that centers on our belovedness above all else, Wendy offers a powerful alternative to passages in scripture that would suggest anything else.
During today’s Second Breakfast service, Jacob Rose shared about his participation in Movember, and opened up a beautiful, vulnerable conversation about masculinity and men’s mental health. Together, we discussed societal pressures placed on men/masculinity, and the negative impact this has on everyone.
Rachael shares about the challenge of just being herself, the vulnerability of being honestly, messily human with each other, and how the truth that “we are members of one another” invites us to new ways of being together for the sake of our broken world.
Jess Williams offers some reflections on her own journey of deconstruction that grappled with suffering/theodicy and conflicting views of God. She shares how letting one view break apart helped her discover and cling to a guiding principle that spans faith traditions: loving your neighbour as yourself.
After enjoying a Second Breakfast potluck together, we turned our attention toward gratitude and celebration in recognition of SCC’s 31st birthday and Thanksgiving weekend. Jess and Walter reflected on some of the markers of SCC they’re grateful for, recognizing the work and growth/change that has transpired over the years.
Alternative title: “I Don’t Want To Be Here” courtesy of Raymond Funk. Today, Jess Williams continued our theme “Being Human Together” with a talk of many titles, and two of them made it to the final cut!