For many in the western world, Genesis 3 has been known as the fall. We propose this enigmatic story is more of a rising than a falling. More of a waking up than falling down. From unconscious oneness to conscious oneness. This is the origin of waking up and growing up.
We have a longing for belonging.
We have a longing for community.
We have a longing for intimacy.
We have a longing to be known.
We have a longing to be loved.
We have a longing to be accepted exactly as we are.
But for many that longing is not being satisfied.
Our society finds itself in one of the greatest loneness epidemics in human history.
It doesn’t have to be this way.
Loneliness is a burden you do not have to bear alone.
Brian McLaren joins us for a pointed conversation on ecology, apocalypse, and capitalism.
In the second Israelite creation narrative the Divine tells us who we are — made from the dust. Now the Divine tells us what to do — till it and keep it. Humankind is placed in the garden of Eden and given this vocation. But what does that mean? And how do we do this? And what is our current pandemic teaching us about our ecological crisis?
In great Hebrew poetry, the writers of Genesis 2 remind us of one truth - we are made from the dust. We are walking, talking, thinking, eating, feeling, loving, dirt animated by the Divine. Don't miss the miracle. This is a profound statement about the value and fragility of all humankind.
Our culture lives and moves at an unsustainable pace. The phrase "fast food" is simply a symptom of a great problem. But we don't have to live this way. Now more than ever the counter-cultural act of keeping a Sabbath is imperative.
Stopping - Resting - Being - Enjoying
This is not a luxury - it's a necessity.