The becoming of something new!

Like Jason Clark and Mike Clawson, I am excited about the new season that is upon me. For the first time in quite some time, I have stepped back into an official classroom. While it has been quite a cross-cultural experience moving back to the US, stepping back into the classroom has been another experience all together. Yet, it has been thrilling as well.
So, in light of my excitement about the new season and all the books (some good and some daunting) I’m going to get to read, I want to share some of the stuff on my reading lists. Or, as Jase alluded to them, a few of my traveling companions for the next few months:
J. Collins, Introduction to the Hebrew Bible. Minneapolis: Fortress, 2004.
John B. Cobb Jr. Postmodernism and Public Policy: Reframing Religion, Culture, Education, Sexuality, Class, Race, Politics, and the Economy. Albany: State University of New York Press, 2002.
Alfred N. Whitehead. Process Theology and Reality: An Essay in Cosmology, eds. David R. Griffin and Donald Sherburne. New York: Free Press, 1978.
Catherine Keller. On the Mystery: Discerning God in the Process. Minneapolis: Augsburg Fortress, 2008.
Also, a couple of new magazine subscriptions I am enjoying these days are: The Economist and Fast Company. Both great sources of information for me.
Finally, I wanted to share with you a poem we read together as our “opening ritual” in my Process-Relational Theology class taught by Dr. Mary Elizabeth Moore. It’s already been a great course, and we’ve only met once;) It was written my Dr. Moore, so I quote it here as hers:
Meditating on New Beginnings
I do not know who I am today
I am traveling fast and do not know the way;
I don’t know the buildings and everyday stuff,
Nor what is important and what is fluff;
But I know I am venturing with the hand of grace,
I will be a new person in this new place.
I have entered a strange and familiar land
With hopes of new beginnings written in the sand,
But I find no sand at all-only Georgia clay;
I carve my hopes on the clay today.
In time, my hopes will bake into the earth-
Indelible marks on this land of joy and mirth;
My hopes will sink deeply into the soil
Seeking encouragement for their toil.
My hopes are stronger, bolder than I could dream;
They push the old wine skins, bursting the seams;
They grow through the cracks of old hopes grown dim,
They send fresh shoots, bright green and thin.
They carry the promise of friendships abounding-
Shared visions that soar,
shared lives that are grounding.
In the midst of a life that is strangely askew,
I still love the old and embrace the new.
Both travel with me as I follow new visions,
Built on the old ones and begging revision.
My lifelong yearning is to make a contribution
To the love that can grow in the midst of dissolution-
In a sea of hurt, to find beauty and life,
In a sea of possibility, to swim toward the light,
To make a small contribution to the repair of the world-
Feeding seeds of life as the seek to unfurl-
Seeds sending roots toward just peace and harmony,
Seeds dwelling in soils of tragedy and comedy,
Seeds reaching their tendrils to the margins and the center
With hopes of inclusive community rendered,
Seeds sending shoots through horrors and sadness,
Crying out and scorning all that is madness,
Seeking a way beyond violence or depression,
A way that leads to reconciliation-
Reconciliation with people and the earth,
Reconciliation with God who gives new birth.
On this day of new beginnings, may it so be! Amen.
have a great new beginning is different than before…
joshua c

2 thoughts on “The becoming of something new!

  1. blog looks solid man. i like the atmosphere here. looking forward to meeting up tomorrow.

  2. So how are you liking that Collins book? I have to read it too for my OT class. I’m about half-way through and have to say that I’m still somewhat skeptical of source critical theory – not the basic premise, but the level of certainty Collins seems to place in some of the specific historical reconstructions. It’s all a bit too speculative for me.

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