Study begins Wednesday, September 22nd at 7:30pm, weekly via ZOOM with Dr. Harris. Notes can be found below! ZOOM details coming soon.
“We are stardust” as the scientist Carl Sagan declared and Joni Mitchell sang. We’re part of the big bang and a process happening over billions of years called evolution. But is that all we are? Genesis is the first book of the bible, and as its name suggests, it’s all about the origins of life, life not just as a random accident or big bang, but life as a creation. So then, rather than the how questions that concern science, Genesis is more concerned to answer the why and what questions. Why are we here? What are we about as human creatures in particular? Is there a larger purpose for us to fulfill? When life becomes difficult, confused or broken, when we have lost our way in life, finding our way back to our existential and spiritual roots may also be a way to finding our destination toward wholeness.
How is this? Besides the stardust and the matter there is energy and “wind”, the wind of the Spirit, a wind that inspires goodness, beauty, delight… an energy and wind that is: love. This love is given a name: God. To understand ourselves we must open ourselves to the eternal mystery beyond the stardust and matter, the Spirit/wind/energy of love we name God. To find our purpose we need to understand how God as love creates, but also, how love can re-create and make whole again after life has broken in some way. This is the story of Genesis.
Through representative humanity – Adam/Eve and their family,
Through an effort to reset life after things have broken down – Noah and his family,
Through wandering nomads and their dysfunctional family – Abraham/Sarah and their generations,
Love is seeking a way… Will a way be found, even with broken human beings and their dysfunctional relationships?
Beginning Wednesday, September 22, 7:30pm, we begin our journey through Genesis. We will meet via zoom. Notes for each week will be provided a week before to help you prepare. The discussion will build on the notes, but also introduce new insights based on what we each of us brings with our listening, questioning and sharing.
1) Listening to a 24-minute podcast of various indigenous voices
Rethinking the “God” they were taught in residential schools and reclaiming Their own spiritual roots;
*Note that you may have to listen to a short advertisement before the podcast begins