May 28, 2008
In the same Journal of Anglican Studies that I mentioned on May 26 there is an article by Philip Sheldrake, a professor of theology from
He says we demonize, colonize, generalize, trivialize, homogenize and we ignore. We colonize “when we think of others as inferior and to be pitied. They become objects of our charity or our bullying.” We homogenize when “we say that ther is no real difference at all. In a well meaning way, we make premature pleas for tolerance and closure.” (p.110) here is much wisdom here and I am reminded of the work of Ron Heifetz of the Kennedy School on leadership and the work of Valerie Batts of Visions-Inc, both of which I have written about before.
This summer we are going to try offering a single major morning service at 10 a.m. for six weeks. Each of these services will be followed by a brief ‘summer GIFT class’ in Ellis Hall with a parallel offering for children. Our hope is that there will be a different kind of energy than we experience during the school year, more attuned to summer rhythms but still life giving for those who come for worship and stay until noon. I will plan to offer one of these brief talks on this essay by Philip Sheldrake. I hope I will see you there.