The Wilderness

The season of lent mirrors the ancient pathway, a deeply religious narrative of  the Jewish community as they journeyed from Egypt to the wilderness and into the promised land. The wilderness was their liminal space, their in-between corridor of time that gave them permission to re-evaluate the big questions that arise as we follow our sacred script of personal transformation.

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Transfiguration and a New Exodus

But this time it’s not just to bring about freedom for a certain group of slaves; it is to reach into the very heart of humanness itself, and lead us all on an exodus out of dehumanisation and toward life, flourishing, and possibility. Jesus invites us to follow him on a new exodus. To follow him down a path toward a different way of being in the world. 

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Agreement

The journey toward agreement is the final frontier for human consciousness, the terrain that must be wisely navigated if we are to experience the harmony that the human race deserves.  It sometimes seems like there is always more that divides us than there is that we have in common. Plotting a course is the hopeless romantics dream and a philosopher’s nightmare, and yet we must strive for some kind of collaborative partnership if we are to evolve.

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Epiphany

Epiphany is a moment of sudden realisation or revelation, an invitation into new understandings that enhance and enliven our consciousness that ultimately recalibrate our way of being.

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Stars.

When we look up, we take our eyes off the so-called concrete familiarity of our known status in life and we reach out to the universe as if to ask for help and assistance from the God we believe is forever enlarging our consciousness. Astronomers believe that the universe is constantly evolving and expanding, its life force unrestrained by limitation or constraint, a metaphorical reminder of how the stars open our eyes and hearts to the unbounded possibility of growth and progress. 

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Advent

Advent - Mary analogously reminds us that the Divine is looking for a place of habitation in the human condition, room to add aesthetic to our spirituality and invite us into new experiences of discovery.

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Beauty

The Advent season and the story of the divine incarnation is a great opportunity to rediscover what it means to be human and the beauty that lies within. 

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God anew

Later into every year we await the new season ‘advent’ a time characterised by the feature of arrival, the coming into view of the 'Christ mystery’ as it once again seeks to incarnate in creation.

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Whakatupu - Cultivate - Self Control

Self Control does not stand alone as a virtue to be cultivated in our lives, rather it belongs to all of the others. I wonder though, if it were to intentionally choose to delay gratification that the result and our offering of Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Faithfulness and Goodness to others would be the natural response.

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Whakatupu - Love

I decided to trust that Love, that God was moving through my necessary season, I decided to trust that God was indeed with me and all that love that I wanted to give, was now being turned toward myself.

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Whakatupu - Cultivate - Goodness

In communities, we can constantly affirm together what is good, and kind, wise and
true. We can understand what it means to be good to ourselves, each other and
the created world around us and we can understand what God meant when the
created world was good and how best we can respond to that.

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Whakatupu - Cultivate - Kindness

The word kindness has a gentle sound that seems to echo the presence of compassionate goodness. When someone is kind to you, you feel understood and seen. There is no judgment or harsh perception directed toward you.

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Cultivate - Whakatupu - Joy - Sunday

Joy is connected to the way we see the world. Joy is not just about having positive experiences, its fundamentally related to the way we perceive the events that are happening around us, and to us, and in us? Joy is not only about whether things are good or not in themselves, it is about how we perceive them.

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Manaakitanga - Sunday 27 August

The greater hidden meaning of this word as a verb is understood as.. 'the response we give when we understand what it means to surrender our time and space to people and beings that enter our world’.

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