Autumn, the time of year that nature sheds its old skin and prepares to begin anew, going from a celebration of color to stark lines and grays, is upon us. Cool temperatures, for some even colder, remind us of the changing season. Change is afoot here as well. I have reflected on the Sunday readings for over 5 years now, and am preparing for what I expect will be the final year.
As I contemplated this ending, this change and move toward something new, I decided that another year of the same was not in it for me. I had to do something different. I had to put a coda on this endeavor, a crash of cymbals to mark the culmination of all this joyful work. How to do that?
A common question sparked the answer: “So, what have you learned?”
And when I considered and evaluated my faith, my belief in God, I knew what I had to do. I had to talk about how it had changed. How, after sitting silently with scripture, often not understanding, but with an open heart (I hope); after reading other books and discussing with intelligent people; after visiting other congregations and communities and seeing what sparked their curiosity and filled their hearts; how, after all this, I actually believed differently than I had before.
Not in every belief, but in some of the basic, foundational, core ones. Over the next year, beginning with Advent, I will reflect on these beliefs, some now stronger, some new and still tender. If you would like to be challenged, to contemplate what your beliefs really mean to you beyond the “I go to church on Sunday to see my friends and listen to the nice preacher,” then I hope you join me. It’s easy – you can sign up for the mailing list on this site and receive all the reflections for the year. They only get sent once a month, so I won’t flood your inbox.
I hope to offer some of my other work in new formats as well, and also want to put out a revised book, a best of, so to speak, nearer the end of the next year. I hope that these reflections increase your love for God and for all.