The Good News
Along the King's Highway
Sharing News in the Diocese of El Camino Real
Thursday, April 17, 2014
Alleluia! The Lord is Risen! The Lord is Risen indeed!
Alleluia! We are raised with him to a new life of hope, adventure, and freedom!
Living in the Question of Resurrection
The universe is designed by a reasonable logic that we can understand through the gift of various scientific disciplines. There are also realities we cannot understand through scientific or rational means. For those with faithful imagination, God moves across the places we apparently should not or cannot go; to color outside the seemingly logical lines of life, if you will.
Do you remember coloring outside the lines of a coloring book drawing? Do you remember being told you shouldn’t? Do you remember your coloring projects being corrected, that, “skies are blue, grass is green, dirt is brown”? Within the spectrum of human response, some of us replied, “Yes, that is right. I will color the sky blue, the grass green and the dirt brown.” But some of us colored the sky orange, the grass purple and the dirt yellow because we wondered what it would be like. Some of us scribbled jagged black over the neat image from the coloring book, defying it all together.
We are often taught that life can be understood objectively; as though it were static, settled, and complete, like a flat coloring book image. Even the process of discovery – which can be so exciting – has been for the purpose of learning something that already exists, instead of something new. We have looked at religion through this same pedagogy as though the mystery of God could be objectively viewed. Such worldviews do give us a center, a place to stand. That center can also be a launching point for adventure: exploring not with a particular discovery in mind, but toward landscapes unknown. In a culture where it is increasingly acceptable to color outside the lines, so to speak, imagining different possibilities, wandering and wondering can be purposeful and life-giving.
Yet we are prone to end our adventures at the edge of death. We fear it. Death, whether physical or emotional, is still one of those thick coloring book lines we dare not cross. One of those lines about which the teacher directed, “See how the drawing makes the shape of the bear? That is where you want to color….” And we nod, “Yes, that is right. We want the picture to look like a bear.” We stay in the lines of our lives, living where we are instead of allowing necessary death to come. We cannot imagine willingly erasing the boundaries that have been so clearly printed on our lives, or embracing change when it comes uninvited. For suddenly there is wide open canvas instead of a coloring book. It is hard to imagine that something new may be drawn.
Life after death is a dynamic, lively and imaginative process that is discovered. It is wide open canvas. It is not objective, settled or completely static and cannot be taught as such. It is only personal experience coupled with a teacher willing to accompany us on the adventure that brings us to this lively and colorful landscape. The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Christ, therefore, is best understood as one event instead of two distinct occurrences. In Christ they are joined as one, and forever transformed. The theology around this event at the heart of Christianity can end up static, settled and objective because in our thinking we separate the two. The way we see the death and resurrection can dissipate – or energize – the two forces.
How we see the relationship between the two makes a difference as to how we will understand God at work in our lives. The risen Christ is our teacher and companion through death and resurrection. We discover there a whole new creation. As the body of Christ may we join the Risen One on this colorful journey, inviting and accompanying all who are willing to move through death into new life.
The Lord is risen! The Lord is risen indeed!
St. George’s Takes Palm Sunday to Salinas’ Soccer Fields
At a March luncheon for the faith community, Salinas Mayor Joe Gunter urged clergy and faith leaders to take an active role in meeting the needs of city residents. He pointed out the huge Latino crowds that converge every Sunday on the city’s sprawling soccer fields and challenged churches to bring their message of hope there. On Palm Sunday, a small but dedicated group of St. George’s parishioners responded to the mayor’s challenge with a special outdoor Eucharist. Members handed out more than 100 palm crosses and bilingual flyers with invitations to Easter services, while Rector Lawrence Robles gave blessings to families and soccer players alike, followed by a midday Eucharist. The St. George’s “Dragonslayers” youth group also played a key role in the afternoon’s success. More visits are planned. Watch for a photo album soon on our diocese Facebook page.
About 20 Salinas parents and kids attended the St. George’s Eucharist.
Archbishop Challenges “Culture of Violence” in America
Last week, clergy and lay leaders across The Episcopal Church gathered in Oklahoma City to address the matter of violence in America in a conference called, "Reclaiming the Gospel of Peace.” In addition to wonderful presentations, including an address by our Presiding Bishop, the Archbishop of Canterbury was also present and addressed the gathering.
“The resort to violence is always the denial of the possibility of redemption,” said Archbishop Justin. “And since in our hearts we believe in redemption as Christians, an early resort to violence denies the very heart of our faith.” His complete speech may be read by clicking here.
You’re Invited . . .
The Rt. Rev. Mary Gray-Reeves
Bishop of the Diocese of El Camino Real
and the People of St. Benedict's Episcopal Church
invite your prayers and presence at
The Celebration of a New and Continuing Ministry
they share with
The Rev. Dr. Caroline J. A. Hall
Third Rector of St Benedict's
Sunday, the 4th of May
Two Thousand and Fourteen
4:00 o’clock P.M.
St. Benedict's Episcopal Church
2220 Snowy Egret Lane
Los Osos, California
Reception to follow
Clergy: Choir Dress, Red Stoles
You’re invited to York School's 2014 Fine Arts Weekend, April 25-26. The fun- and talent-filled event, put on by the Fine and Performing Arts Department, will feature music, theatre and visual art. Jazz ensembles will perform on Friday, April 25, while Saturday, April 26 will include a Festival of One-Act Plays, an art show & ice cream social, and performances by the concert band, orchestra and chamber choir. The One-Act plays are written, directed, and performed by York students—we will feature five plays this year. For schedule information, click here.
Freud and Lewis Spar in Freud’s Last Session at St. Thomas in Sunnyvale
Love, sex, death and the existence of God—the great themes of life are the stuff of Mark St. Germain’s play Freud’s Last Session, which will be performed in Sunnyvale starting May 24. The play depicts an imagined conversation between Sigmund Freud, the atheistic father of psychoanalysis, and C. S. Lewis, the Oxford Don and Christian apologist, on the day England enters World War II. Freud’s Last Session is both thought-provoking and touching. With insight and humor it explores the minds, hearts and souls of two brilliant men addressing the great questions of life.
St. Germain’s play will be staged at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Sunnyvale in an intimate studio theatre setting in the parish hall. Evening performances begin at 7:30 pm on May 24, 30 and 31. Sunday matinees begin at 2:00 pm on May 25 and June 1.
Tickets are $15 and may be reserved by phone at 510/516-8400; Ticket sales at the door are by cash or credit card.
For more information see the St. Thomas Episcopal Church website http://www.stthomas-svale.org.
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