Each January the lectionary invites us to remember the invisible network of faith.
Epiphany | Baptism of the Lord (Year C)
Isaiah 43:1-7 (Psalm 29); Acts 8:14-17; Luke 3:15-17, 21-22
Denominational meetings can be difficult. My Sunday school class reminds me what's at stake.
As anthropologists have shown us, cohesive communities usually have narratives, traditions, and symbols that have shaped their collective psyches and have powerfully bound them together. These traditional practices make up their thought world, and when a person is displaced from that world, it makes less sense to carry on the practices. My father grew up in a clan society in pre-Korean War North Korea. His grandfather was head of the Shin clan.
by Joyce ShinJanuary 7, 2016
When our collective symbols and stories no longer make sense in our reality, we question who we are. After exile and liberation, the ancient Israelites were so devastated that images of overwhelming waters and fire speak to them.
by Joyce ShinDecember 29, 2015