Have you ever noticed the joy that comes when you spend time with your closest family and friends? Those closest relationships that are immune to the effects of distance, separation, or a ticking clock. Perhaps you’ve even felt that same connection to a beloved pet or a particular part of the world: a grandmother’s house, a nearby pond, or perhaps the hum of a bustling city. In this age of increasing technology many have suggested that our ability to relate is deteriorating. What I find interesting is that our greatest technological innovations are created to improve communication. The telegraph, the internet, the cell phone; all of these were invented so that we could stay in touch. Our society is becoming increasingly mobile as many of us move around the world to find jobs and a purpose far from our birthplace. These technologies exists to prevent the fraying or cessation of our relational bonds. I am inclined to disagree with the belief that our relationships are worth less than they used to be. I admit that I have several tertiary friendships as a result of technology, but I think I have many closer friends as a result of our technology than I ever would have made without it.
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I just finished reading Margaret Wheatley’s book Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future. I believe most of the book reflects a heartfelt desire on the part of the author to encourage her readers to connect with those around them. She presents a view that we are all connected, that this connection is built in our relationships, and that our relationships are what enable us to change the world for good and protect it from evil. I was recently asked to help my church plan out its future. The method of church is changing because many people don’t feel connected to it. I have also had many discussions with friends that have suggested that our existing church model isn’t working to connect congregants in a spiritual sense.
What might the future church look like?
What might the future of christendom look like?
What about simple spirituality?
Connections imply linkages between two objects that do not inhabit the same space. Each of us as humans occupy a different space. All of our perspectives are slightly different. None of us can see the world exactly as any other one of us can. In this sense we are all unique, different, and possess a perspective on life than no other human can have. We will not always agree and the point of conversation isn’t to agree, it’s to convey learning. We are ultimately diverse and intricately connected. Each of us has a view to share and each of us has a duty to listen.
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