July 4 Edevotional
Last week I read Cynthia Bourgeault’s book, The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity, in preparation for Sunday’s sermon. Mary Magdalene was our focus last Sunday for our sermon series, Faces of Our Faith. Bourgeault writes of the long-held deliberate agenda to minimize Mary Magdalene’s role as a full member of Jesus’s inner circle. “The beginnings of Christianity lie in diversity and fluidity rather than uniformity of belief and practice…and we are much more likely to find authentic early models of women’s leadership “outside the box” than inside it! (p. 211)
Diversity and fluidity…transformation and change…the Holy Spirit is yet alive, breathing new life, God is still speaking with us! “…the recovery of Mary Magdalene’s voice within contemporary Christianity has nothing to do with a “feminine dimension of God,” but rather it has to do with the “singleness” [the singleness of staying in love with God] that moves us into nondual perception.” (211) I believe it is this singleness of love in God, this singleness of remaining open to diversity and fluidity, that will open us to a world so desperately in need of and searching for a new movement of Christianity. Thank you, Mary Magdalene. Thank you, God.
May this day of celebration of the birth of a new nation based in liberty and justice bring you back to singleness of heart for just that–liberty and justice for all.
PRAYER STUDY GROUP
Saturday morning, July 7, 9:30 am.
All are welcome. Our regular Bible Study has taken some weeks off
for the summer, but we will gather to share and pray, July 7 and July 21.
Our new “moms group” will meet at the Gosser home
every Monday evening during the summer from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.
This is a time for moms to be together without kids.
Sunday July 8th at the MacDonald’s home.
Join us for fun, dinner, games and faith discussion.
“PRE-GAME” BOCCE BALL TOURNAMENT
July 15, 9 a.m. Everyone of all ages is invited to participate in this
hour of fun and games. Please contact Steve S. with questions.