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the da vinci code

I finally got around to reading The Da Vinci Code yesterday - yep, I pretty much read it in one whole day! It was gripping. 
I enjoyed the fuzziness at the edges of fact and imagination, the characters, the development of plot - a new piece of information hinted at before being revealed several chapters on, keeping you moving through the book, turning pages, unable to put it down. I guessed the reveal at the climax, but had second-guessed myself several times on that point. Really clever writing. 
I like, too, that the secret society was seeking to reinstate the feminine of the deity. I'm not sure I would use goddess language myself, but certainly I am interested in how our metaphors for God / the Divine / the Sacred better represent both masculine and feminine, as the language that has been cemented in the church for centuries denies the feminine. 
I am not particularly interested in Truth with a capital 't', or that there might be one overarching Truth we all must adhere to…

If I were a rich girl ...

I really really wanna go - U2 academic conference, May 2009, New York.

kitschmas

12 days of kitschmas
was pointed to this website by a friend - it's funny and actually quite disturbing. Re: day nine, I'm wondering why I spent all year learning Hebrew ... 

considering my future

I've also been thinking, post mid course review, about how my sense of call to an academic path and to the emerging, alternative church movement might come together in the future. I am fairly certain about a future in academia, thinking about and researching the Biblical narrative, and emerging forms off Christian community in light of that narrative and the Christian tradition. I think from this position, I might be able to enable others in the practice of alternative Christian community.  My SFE, therefore, with the Esther project, gives me valuable practice myself gathering an alternative Christian community,  in the enabling of others, and in the Biblical and theological reflection that I will do myself, and invite others to engage in. The theological reflection will probably include reflecting on the theology and practice of art and spirituality, story, education and authentic, alternative Christian community.  I must say, this project is becoming more and more exciting the mor…

more thinking on the Trinity

Thoughts come to me as I'm falling asleep. These are thoughts from earlier this week, when the conversation of my mid course review was still milling around in my mind. Perhaps they are a beginning in the process of reconstructing the ideas I've been merrily deconstructing ... 
If God is to be understood as a Trinity, that trinity must be of equality and mutuality, which I don't see in a Father/Son relationship, in which one begets and the other is begotten, albeit eternally - it seems to be a one-way relationship, not mutual.  Possibly that non-mutuality is present in Wisdom language too, but for me it is less so. Mutuality and equality are for me better represented / expressed in the language of Creator / Wisdom / Spirit than of Father / Son / Spirit.  Also, with the latter, the Spirit relationship is quite different to that in a trinity of Creator / Wisdom / Spirit. I think the mutuality should be represented as equal / same sort of mutual relationships between all three p…

mid course review

As a candidate, according to the old model of training, we have a review about half way through our course at college. This involves a 6 page reflection from me, on things like my sense of call, my studies and experiences as a candidate, things that are challenging and stretching me ... Then I (and a support person) meet with the faculty and a presbytery representative and talk about what I've written. So I got to talk about my connection with God - for which I am trying to find new language explain, my difficulty with language of Trinity, which on reflection I should have articulated as being tied up with the way Father/Son language removes the feminine that is more implicit in Creator/Wisdom language, my frustration with my own spiritual practices, which is bound up in possibly not having found the practice for me and being a terribly undisciplined person. That's a long sentence, let me start another. We also talked about how my sense of call has shifted from being quite cle…