I know… It’s been a while. My bad. These last few weeks I’ve been simply swamped with the task of writing proposals on deadlines, and generating money came first. I guess that’s just “the way of the world,” right?
Our friends at St. Philip’s, Scotts Valley, in the Episcopal Diocese of El Camino Real have been busy since I last posted. They now have two Paradoxy book studies/dialogues going: one after each of their two Sunday services.
The group after the early service, facilitated by the parish’s pastoral associate, was the first group started. That group has reading a couple of chapters between each meeting and reviewing those chapters when they meet, each time with good dialogues on important issues. Participants in this group have included both members and non-members. Most seem to share a desire to find a way to discuss differences with respect and without rancor. One woman, who said she didn’t believe she was very spiritual but simply tried to be “respectful and honest” to everyone she met, beamed and relaxed when others in the group told her that sounded like she “made a priority of following Jesus.” In the entire time the group has been meeting, only once did one of the participants express “raw” feelings.” The group is close to the end of the book now, though I understand some group members are talking of taking a second, deeper pass.
Meanwhile, the recently-started late service group, facilitated by the rector with the assistance of a lay person, is meeting weekly, and discussing a single chapter every time they come together. It’s too early to have many stories to share from this group, though they do seem to be eagerly digging in, and earnestly wanted to take part in dialogue about differences without rancor or disrespect. And like the morning group, they have already increased their number.
That’s it for now. Hopefully, it won’t be as long until the next Paradoxy Journal entry, and I’ll be back with more to share.
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