August 17 Gathering: Sacred vs. Secular — Two worlds in tension or one world in grace?


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We tend to compartmentalize our lives in a number of different ways. Over the past century or so, Christianity seems to have become particularly obsessed with sorting out the sacred from the secular. In our effort to be “in the world but not of the world,” we have learned to isolate spiritual practices and personal piety from the more common routines of everyday life on planet Earth.

But what if we could re-train our senses and re-orient our minds to seeing sacred beauty wherever we look, whether in a sanctuary on Sunday morning or while cleaning a toilet on Monday afternoon? What if we could integrate the grandeur of a mountain sunrise with the workaday experience of mowing our front lawns?

What if we begin to appreciate the idea that love is the creative force of the cosmos, and that holiness is everywhere we look?

Join us this coming Sunday, Aug. 17, as we explore the intersection between the sacred and the secular and discuss how to make our sacred vision all-inclusive. To kick off the dialogue, check out this article from my friends at The EcoTheo Review on the concept of Naturalistic Sacramentalism.

What questions will you bring to our conversation this week? Use the comment section below to help get things started, and we’ll pick it up here on Sunday night!

Happy Half-Hour: 6:30pm
Conversation Begins: 7:00pm

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