Points of Departure
“It is from “points of departure” that we begin as humming beings” Whitney Bauman in Theology, Creation and Environmental Ethics.
Each of us come to our Christian understanding from a different point of departure. Each of us has a different story to tell of how God, through Jesus, has offered us new life in the midst of chaos, disorientation, and dislocation. The origins of the Christian story is not homogeneous, and neither is the church. It is in these thick beginnings, where all that has come before us and all the lies in front of us converge into a single spot where past, present, and future unite to form our current moment.
Recently some staff and session members went to Atlanta, for a two-day retreat on leadership development. One of the theological assumptions that were guiding our work is that each of us, while we navigate our spiritual journey is on a bridge, that has an origin that is no longer visible and a future that we may never see. All that we can understanding is our current location. In this current location is our call to be ministers to the world from that thick spot in the middle, the present moment, where we encounter God and respond to God’s love through our daily actions of compassion, justice, and hope in the midst of the chaos of our world.
I believe that this is what Martin Luther King Jr. saw as the moral arch of the universe, a bridge that leans towards Justice, peace, and hope for a better future. Christ calls us to live into our present moment, as he did with the Jews of the first century, and equip the future to continue the journey towards God’s Kingdom.
“So if I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another’s feet. For I have set you an example, that you also should do as I have done to you.” John 13:14-15