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Awaken Sunday School Discovering the Holy for a deeper life of faith Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God. – Romans 12:2 Awaken Sunday School begins with the biblical foundation of the lectionary, nurturing the profound relationship children already have with God through spiritual practices. Developing these faith habits Adtake in information about God from the Bible, now and throughout their lives. makes it easier for children to In The Liturgical Year, Joan Chittister writes: Features of Awaken Sunday School • One-room learning for Ages 3-12 • Reproducible resources for maximum flexibility and affordability • Weekly exploration of the arts through Behold: Arts for the Church Year • Worship and preaching connections through the lectionary The God who made us what we are knows what we desire to be and waits with infinite patience while we become what we can. We, on the other hand, know that whatever we need to become all that we can be, this same great and loving God will supply. For all of that, we are thankful. From that gratitude grow love and commitment, faith and trust, wonder and worship. Coming September 2013 From your friends at Logos Productions. From the Editor Empowering ELCA Leaders for Vital Ministry Magazine Volume 2, Number 2 March/April 2013 L MAGAZINE is published bimonthly (office of publication: 6160 Carmen Avenue, Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-4422. 800-328-0200) and distributed at no charge to rostered leaders of the ELCA. Access a free copy online at LMagazine.net. Postmaster Send address changes to LOGOS PRODUCTIONS INC, L MAGAZINE, 6160 Carmen Avenue Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-4422 Editorial, Business, and Subscription Office Logos Productions Inc. 6160 Carmen Avenue Inver Grove Heights, MN 55076-4422 Tel: 800-328-0200 Fax: 888-852-5524 www.LogosProductions.com Manuscripts Unsolicited manuscripts on relevant themes (600-1500 words) may be submitted to [email protected] Permissions For permission to reprint articles, please contact [email protected] Copyright © 2013 Logos Productions Inc. Printed in the USA Published by Logos Productions Inc. Paul C. Truran, CEO Stephen P. Truran, Publisher Timothy Staveteig, Executive Editor Mary Truran, Art Director Advertising Representatives Stephen Truran – 1-800-328-0200 email: [email protected] | LMagazine.net I received an email from Father A. Paul Dominic, Catholic priest at St. Patrick’s High School, Secunderabad, India, with an Easter story. He writes: “I had a glimpse of resurrection from what a five-year-old did. A few days after his mother’s death he went to church with his family. There he went missing and his people searched for him among the living, only to finally find him removing earth at his mother’s grave. Asked what he was doing he said, ‘I want to see Mummy. When we sow a seed it sprouts; we put Mummy here, she also must come up!’” He had a sure instinct of resurrection, Dominic writes. In a second Easter story, Father Dominic tells of a young nurse who, with faithfulness and good humor, attended to an inactive Catholic, who noticed the nurse’s joy. Dominic states: “The nurse’s faith in the resurrection of Jesus led her spontaneously to do works worthy of her faith, marking not only her way of living in a distinctly Christian manner but also raising a depressed soul to an awakening of her lost faith.” Her resurrection hope is of the kind that “makes people ready to live their lives in love wholly, and to say a full and entire Yes to a life that leads to death” (a quote from Jürgen Moltmann). The focus articles in this issue center on death and new life. Carlos Eire’s “Protestant Challenge to Purgatory” lifts up the sharply different theologies of death and salvation at the heart of medieval Catholicism. The interview with Shawn Collins is representative of reflective grieving and remembrance. Jürgen Moltmann elucidates meaning for our ancient confession, “I believe in ... the resurrection of the body.” Our departments continue the theme. This issue’s humor by Jay Beech is a short sermon. (You’re welcome.) Steve Willis transitions into the need for theological imagination, even for long conversations on leaky roofs. And Ruth Haley Barton defines corporate or leadership discernment. Art Clyde explores garden imagery in worship and Julie Aageson provides a focused list of resources related to death and new life. Looking ahead, the May/June 2013 issue covers the festival of Pentecost, Trinity Sunday, and begins the long “Sundays after Pentecost.” Gospel readings include the healing of the bent-over woman, anointing of Jesus by Mary, the good Samaritan, the untimely barn building, and Luke’s little apocalypse. Selections will be guided by what Diana Butler Bass terms “the identity gap” when old forms of belonging have waned or even disappeared. God bless your arising, Rev. Timothy Staveteig Executive Editor, L Magazine 888-317-7270 [email protected] Inside This Issue L Magazine for March/April 2013 Focus Articles 4 16 Departments • Humor. Jay Beech, a highly regarded Lutheran composer Resurrection of the Body? and church musician, tells the story of Sylvia, a golden Jürgen Moltmann pauses at the end of a chapter on retriever, being put to sleep. This recalls a light-bulb medical ethics to ask what “the resurrection of the body” moment during a religion class in college. The professor – something Christians confess in the Apostles’ Creed (or said, succinctly, “Christians believe in the resurrection of the “resurrection of the dead” in the Nicene Creed) – means dead, not the immortality of the soul.” Death is not just a part of life, it’s the complete absence of life. (Well, the story today. Moltmann writes, “Everyone can make something is much funnier than this.) pp. 16-17 of his or her body, and do something on its behalf. But • Ministry. Steve Willis has been a small-church pastor his death is its end.” Does our conduct change whether we entire career. Here he tells a story about a pastoral friend take in the end of bodily life or its rebirth in resurrection? who awakened him from his self-absorption about a Moltmann prefers to speak of the resurrection of life church council meeting that spent two hours discussing because in the lived life we encounter the living God. how to best fix a leak in the roof. “You can’t ignore a leaky “Our senses are awakened and we live life.” roof. The most important thing is what kind of imagination you bring to the discussion.” pp. 18-19 • Spirituality. Ruth Haley Barton calls leadership The Protestant Challenge to Purgatory discernment “the capacity to recognize and respond to Carlos Eire, professor of history and religion at Yale the presence and activity of God as a leadership group University, traces A Very Brief History of Eternity. The relative to the issues we are facing, and to make decisions purgation, the practice of praying for the dead, was in response to that awareness” (emphasis added). Ruth practiced by early Christians. Luther doesn’t reject focuses on being committed to discerning important purgatory outright until 1520. Yet, his protest on October matters together. This yields a confidence and cohesion, of 31, 1517, was aimed precisely at this practice and its course. It also results in a shared sense of God’s desire for implications. Inheritances, especially property, were used them and their community. pp. 20-21 by the deceased’s family to fund suffrages – either a single • Arts. Imagine a city with clean, flowing water, gardens, mass or a perpetual chantry. Simon Fish, for example, trees with abundant fruit, a choir singing and... That’s the complained in 1529 to King Henry VIII that more than image in the book of Revelation of God’s new creation. The one-third of the realm was in the hands of the clergy. photograph is of a mosaic created by community members and installed at the Wellstone Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. Art Clyde suggests four or five activities that can be incorporated into worship and ministry. pp.22-24 Letters to My Unborn Children • Resource Picks. Julie Aageson, coordinator of ELCA “How many kids do you have?” is a hard question Resource Centers, offers a selection personal and ministry to answer, Shawn Collins says, in this interview. He helps – focused on this issue’s theme – to assist you frequently speaks of his three living girls, and just lets and extend your ministry around issues of death and people assume they make up the entire family. Between resurrection. pp. 26-27 2004 and 2010, Collins and his wife experienced three 10 13 miscarriages. What has proved helpful? He notes that “many times, walking beside a grieving friend or engaging a challenging office dynamic has helped us articulate to each other a little better what we experienced with the miscarriages.” 28 Special Section • ELCA Colleges and Universities: pp. 28-29 • Continuing Education: pp. 30-31 About the Cover It can be easy for us to think of resurrection in purely spiritual terms, but the cover photo provokes us to ponder resurrection from a tangible and physical point of view. As Jay Beech reminds us, “Christians believe in the resurrection of the dead, not the immortality of the soul.” How are you presently experiencing new and renewing life at the most essential levels? – Cover photo: Human Egg Cell by iStockphoto. March/April 2013 | The Resurrection of the | LMagazine.net Body? An excerpt from Ethics of Hope by Jürgen Moltmann March/April 2013 | In the lived life we encounter the living God. So how do we not encounter in death the God who raises? I t may seem surprising to come upon a chapter about the resurrection of the body in a book about ethics. But in an ethics of hope, we also have to ask about hope for bodily life. The obvious answer is that after death the body dies and decays: “earth to earth, dust to dust,” we hear when we stand at graves. According to the view commonly held to be Platonic, the body is the outward mortal garment of the immortal soul ... Modern people see the body as something they can form as they want: from high-performance sport to body building, from fitness to wellness, everyone can make something of his or her body, and do something on its behalf. But death is its end. Does it make any difference to the conduct of life whether we reckon with the end of bodily life or Photo previous page: Comstock with its rebirth in the resurrection of the body? ... | LMagazine.net The Resurrection of Life understand that eternal life will be I would suggest that we talk about lived in a glorified body. “The body the resurrection of life instead of a will rise, everything about the body, resurrection of the dead, or of the the identical body, the whole body,” body or the flesh. By the living body said Tertullian, emphatically, in his we don’t mean the body without its famed treatise De Resurrectione soul, as an object; we mean the body Carnis (written in 212) ... And he as we experience it – the body with declared that “the flesh” was the which I am subjectively identical: I key to salvation ... For God has “ap- am body, that is, my bodily form and peared in the flesh” and in the lived my life history. Real life is the bodi- life we encounter the living God. So liness that I am. How would it be if how do we not encounter in death we were to talk in the creed about the God who raises? the resurrection of the lived life? But in saying this we come up We should then accept dying too as against a difference between the part of life and believe in the victo- sexes. How do men experience ry of life over death. We could then their body, and how do women? The woman’s body, with its capac- nerable from without. Love lets us ity for giving birth and its rhythms, experience what life and death re- was denigrated by the ancient ally are, because in love we go out world’s notion that it was at times of ourselves, become capable of impure and was in general a source happiness, and at the same time of temptation; it was assumed to vulnerable. The opposite makes be weaker than the male body, this plain. The person who loses and unreliable. Right through the the love for life becomes apathetic middle ages runs the idea that the and indifferent. Nothing matters to human being’s likeness to God be- him. He cannot rejoice and cannot gins only beyond the body, in the shed tears. He bypasses the world as summit of the soul, ubi sexus nul- if it were nothing. This used to be lus est – where there is no gender. called the death of the soul. Today But according to the creation story we could perhaps talk about zom- we must accept that we are made bies, walking corpses, people who in the image of God as male and are spiritually turned to stone. female, in our full bodiliness and Rejected, unloved, negated life should rejoice in the living God is life we have missed out on, dead with body and soul (Ps 84:2). life. What we experience in it is How would it be if we were to talk in the creed about the resurrection of the lived life? We should then accept dying too as part of life. death before life. This comes out The Spirituality of the Body very well in the biblical image about That brings us to the relevance of the grain of wheat. Until it is sown the resurrection hope for bodily and planted in the earth “it remains life here and now. The person who alone” (Jn 12:24 NRSV). It dries up loves life in the light of the resurrec- and loses its vitality. This is denied, tion hope becomes capable of hap- unlived and unfaithful life, a hope- piness. All the senses come alive, less death. reason and heart are opened for the Today we are learning a new beauty of this life. But with this love spirituality of the body and its for life we also become capable of senses. After the mysticism of the suffering, and feel the pains, the soul is now coming a mysticism disappointments and the sorrow of of the body. The mystical turning this mortal life. Ultimately speaking, away from the world of the senses the life of people who love comes is followed today by a new awaken- alive from within and becomes vul- ing of the senses and the attentive March/April 2013 | We leave behind the snail’s shell of our soul. Our senses awaken and we live life. life. The Spirit which gives life to world, we again hear the melodies Jesus and to us does not only lib- of life, we can taste again, and our erate the soul from its sadness. It feelings draw us out into the world. also frees the body from tensions, We leave behind the snail’s shell of and heals not only traumatic expe- our soul. Our senses awaken and riences but psychosomatic illnesses we live life. This new sensuousness too. In a great sadness, after the loss is part of the new spirituality of the of someone we have greatly loved, body. In both senses and spirit we it is as if all our senses were snuffed perceive the coming springtime of out. We no longer see colors, the creation. In this way, the hope of world around us becomes gray. We “the resurrection of the body” has no longer hear melodies, everything its effect on our bodily and sensory is monotonous. We no longer taste life here and now. anything, everything is insipid. It ✦ is as if our feelings have died. We are cut off from the world around Jürgen Moltmann is professor emeritus of systematic theology in the Protestant Faculty of the University of Tübingen, Germany. Excerpted with permission from Ethics of Hope by Jürgen Moltmann (Fortress Press, 2012), pages 100-103. as if by a glass wall. We become apathetic and as if turned to stone although we are still alive. This is what the Spanish mystics called “the dark night of the soul.” If in the divine Spirit we then again experience the unconditional love for life (it may be through other people or through a flowering tree – I am speaking of an experience of my own as a prisoner of war in 1945), then the us. 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For more information, visit www.valpo.edu/mba March/April 2013 | The Protestant Challenge to Purgatory An excerpt from A Very Brief History of Eternity by Carlos Eire N o one can argue with the very exact date that can be given to the death of purgatory: October 31, 1517, when Luther began his challenge of Tetzel’s indulgence preaching. Luther would not reject purgatory outright until around 1520, but had sealed its fate by challenging the church’s soteriology, its theology of salvation. 10 | LMagazine.net Goodshoot The medieval Catholic afterlife was a dimension constructed out of specific behaviors, of “works,” as Luther would say. The very formula salus hominis in fide consistit, which placed such an emphasis on the moment of death, and the very notion of purgatory were both inconceivable without a corresponding belief in the relation between specific acts and one’s status for eternity in the afterlife. By rejecting what he called “salvation by works,” Luther also necessarily destroyed the medieval Catholic conception of the afterlife, and of the way in which the living and the dead relate to one another. Luther’s soteriological formula may have changed only one measly letter, but that single consonant made a world of difference: salus hominis in fide consistit (human salvation depends on faith). No longer was it the end that determined one’s place in the afterlife but faith – a faith freely given by God in this life, a faith in Christ’s once-and-for-all sacrifice on the cross, which forgave all sins and made purgatory totally irrelevant. Cleansing in the afterlife was totally unnecessary in Lutheran soteriology ... The rejection of purgatory was universal among Protestants: Luther, Karlstadt, Zwingli, Bucer, Oecolampadius, Calvin, the Anglicans, and even the Radicals. All of them denounced it as a fable, a Salus hominis in fide consistit – human salvation depends on faith. March/April 2013 | 11 The flow of money to the cult of the dead came to be seen as one of the surest signs of the falsehood of the Roman Catholic church and of its exploitation of the people. depraved invention designed by corrupt clerics to fleece the laity. On a popular level, the flow of money to the cult of the dead came to be seen as one of the surest signs of the falsehood of the Roman Catholic church and of its exploitation of the people, giving rise to the English expression, “Purgatory pick-purse”... The unmasking of this “deception” was one of the central messages of the Protestant Reformation, and the logic of purgatory and of the role of suffrages seems to have been a vulnerable point in Catholic theology, and perhaps the surest entry point for doubt. As one sensible Englishman from Lincoln put it: If there were any Purgatory and every mass that is said should deliver a soul out of Purgatory, there should be never a soul there, for there be more masses said in a day than there be bodies buried in a month. Along with the death of purgatory came also a concomitant rejection of all of the “works” or suffrages that supposedly helped to free souls from it. Gone were the masses for the dead, the prayers, anniversaries, chantries, and all else that went with these rituals for the dead. The expression “dead and gone” acquired a new meaning among all Protestants, for once dead, one was literally whisked to either heaven or hell, to realms totally beyond the reach of living humans, where, as that all-important Gospel text (Lk 16:26 KJV) put it, a “great gulf” was fixed, “so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.” The Protestant dead, therefore, inhabited another dimension in eternity, and 12 | LMagazine.net were totally segregated from the living. Moreover, when it came to the last vestige of their presence among the living, that of burial, the dead were subjected to physical segregation as well, for it became common among many Protestants to remove the dead from the churches and churchyards, to suburban sites where there could be no easy daily mingling of the sort that had become so commonplace throughout medieval Christendom. Spiritual apartheid and physical apartheid had come into existence, sundering almost all commerce between the living and the dead, save for the disposal of corpses. This segregation, or apartheid, came into existence rapidly and thoroughly wherever Protestantism took root. One incident alone reveals the depth of the change. Commenting on the revision of Nuremberg’s criminal code in 1521, a jurist argued that punishments could no longer be carried out against the corpses of convicted criminals, as had been customary. If a criminal died before his execution, why bother with the full sentence against him? Citing Luther in his report, this jurist opined: “After death a person is freed from all human authority, and stands in God’s judgement alone.”’ Such a change was not only momentous but also very sudden in most places that turned Protestant. ✦ Carlos Eire is Riggs Professor of History and Religious Studies at Yale University. He is best known for his memoir Waiting for Snow in Havana, which won the National Book Award for nonfiction in 2003. This selection is from A Very Brief History of Eternity (Princeton Univ. Press, 2012), 119-124 passim. Thinkstock Images, ©Getty Images Letters to My Unborn Children An interview with Shawn Collins Why did you write Letters to My Unborn Children? First, only the mother grieves. This lack of Like the open attention to fathers during miscarriages ex- hand, we are I started writing because I needed to pro- acerbates the grief of both parents. Letters is a unique resource because it legitimizes learning how cess three miscarriages that my wife Kristine and I had between 2004 and 2010. the father as a real person in the miscar- Kristine’s initial response was skepticism riage experience. to encourage each other not to give up that someone so intensely private (me) The second assumption is that we should would tell such a painful experience. But solve our grief by taking steps toward whole- when things there is this common theme of feelings of ness. But grieving parents are looking for don’t go as we isolation as we’ve talked with friends and affirmation that they’re not alone and that co-workers who experienced miscarriage. their loss was real. They’re looking for en- hoped. couragement and support as they reorient How is Letters different from other miscarriage books? their worldviews to respond to the loss(es) Miscarriage is rarely discussed, but when ways to offer care for people in these cir- it is, two common assumptions emerge. cumstances is to legitimize their story. of their children. One of the most powerful March/April 2013 | 13 Shawn Collins grew up in Kenya as a missionary kid. His work in the aerospace and energy industries integrates graduate degrees in mechanical engineering and anthropology. His book is Letters to My Unborn Children: Meditations on the Silent Grief of Miscarriage (Huff Publishing Associates / Quill House Publishing, 2012) ISBN 978-1-933794-58-7). See www. LettersToMyUnbornChildren. com. How has your experience with miscarriage shaped your view of parenting? ral. We have to be intentional about living a “How many kids do you have?” is a hard ques- open hand, we are learning how to encourage tion to answer now. I frequently talk about each other not to give up when things don’t my three living girls, and just let people as- go as we hoped. Sometimes we point to that sume they make up my whole family. When I theme of facing our grief redemptively so that do discuss the miscarriages, it is easier to say, our disappointment isn’t the last word. “We had six pregnancies and three healthy Does talking about miscarriage help you in other areas of your life? births” than “We have six children, three of whom are dead.” Sometimes during the year, my grief is stronger. I am learning how to discuss the miscarriages during those times. How has your experience shaped your view of fear? different narrative that faces disappointments and unmet expectations graciously. Like the One of my turning points was realizing that the specific instance of hidden hopes, shattered dreams, and silent grief I experienced with the miscarriages is an extremely common pattern. This has meant a couple of different things for I think one of the biggest challenges that Kris- Kristine and me. The first is the importance of tine and I face is how to not live in fear of situating our grief over the miscarriages in the the unknown. Letters discusses a couple dif- broader context of a broken world that needs ferent places where we have faced this. Do I redemption. Owning our grief redemptively refuse to become a parent because I’m afraid involves actively speaking into other areas of of my real and imagined inadequacies? Do I life where the same pattern exists. Second, refuse to love my unborn child if I think we’re we’re engaging these areas because that helps going to have another miscarriage? Do I bar- us understand our own ongoing processing of ricade my home and my children from out- the miscarriages. Many times, walking beside side uncertainties because I want to control a grieving friend or engaging a challenging of- what happens to my family? It is an ongoing fice dynamic has helped us articulate to each discipline for us to hold these and other un- other a little better what we experienced with knowns with open hands. the miscarriages. Finally, we have to engage these areas 14 | LMagazine.net Are there other things shaped by your experience? without any demand on what happens as a Well, another challenge we face is our desire Our presence may not have the impact we ex- to not get things wrong. Letters shares how pect. To be honest, this is not easy. I firmly be- we understood intellectually that we couldn’t lieve that this approach is helping us process identify a reason for the miscarriages, but our grief in a healthy way. But there are times emotionally we wanted to find some mistake when I just want my own pain, and the pain or defect we could fix. Our girls share that of others around me, to go away. desire to not be wrong. Some of that is natu- ✦ result. Our offer of care may not be accepted. 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After reviewing these materials and hearing the awesome Complete Music CD, explore the many resources to help you plan, organize, publicize, decorate, and implement Everywhere Fun Fair VBS at your church. Everywhere Fun Fair VBS Starter Kit (33552) - $89.99 Everywhere Fun Fair VBS Smaller Church Starter Kit (36126) - $59.99 To order, call Logos Productions Inc. at 1-800-328-0200 or visit www.LogosProductions.com Humor by Jay Beech We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come O 16 | LMagazine.net ne Sunday, a couple of friends tear- gion class in college when my professor fully described their 12-year-old succinctly said, “Christians believe in the golden retriever, Sylvia, being put to sleep resurrection of the dead, not in the immor- that week. Not comfortable with disposing tality of the soul.” of her body themselves, they opted for cre- He then went on to tell a story about a mation. graveside service at which he once presided. The vet then presented them with the Someone in the family thought it meaning- rather odd choice: They could return to ful to release a white dove at the end of the pick up her ashes later or take home ashes ceremony, thereby symbolizing the spirit of of some other pet. No, the vet didn’t offer a their loved one departing this world. Un- “to go” box. Yet apparently some folks are fortunately, when the liberation time had in quite a hurry. come, the dove stayed in its cage. Several They opted for Sylvia’s actual ashes. I’m funeral directors attempted to coax the bird sure she would have done the same if the from its symbolic tomb. Finally, one uttered circumstances were reversed. in exasperation, “Come on! Get the hell out Why would someone choose the generic of there!” This in no way indicated the ulti- ashes? Most people do not believe in death mate destination for the departed. or least they don’t think that death is real. In the midst of our laughter, a girl in Imagine the spirit of your beloved cat, Mr. the class began to cry. With a broken heart Whiskers, floating free to tear up a sofa in she asked our professor, “Do you mean my the great beyond – waiting for you to join grandma is not in heaven with Jesus right him so he can ignore you for all eternity. now?” We were all brought back down to I suspect that many leave the vet’s office earth in an instant – six feet under, to be ex- thinking the little urn they’re carrying no act. Is this really what he was saying? When more contains the true essence of their pet you die are you actually…dead? than does the can of cigarette butts outside Nobody likes to talk about this, (espe- the bus depot. cially pastors during funeral sermons). It’s Even those who confess their faith us- a tough cyanide capsule to swallow. What ing one of the ecumenical creeds seem not could be more depressing? If death is real, to understand what they are saying. For then it’s not just a part of life as some say, me, the light bulb went on during a reli- but it’s the complete absence of life. And if Photodisc Jay Beech is a highly regarded Lutheran composer and church musician whose published work is sung each week in congregations throughout the United States. He is also the owner of BaytoneMusic. com, an online company that provides downloadable music resources for worship. that’s true, then the life, death, and resur- He died. You’ll die. God raised him up. rection of Jesus becomes extremely impor- Same deal for you and me. tant. He didn’t just come to put on a pas- As we talked about Sylvia, I was remem- sion play for us. When they crucified him bering a day 17 years ago when I took our he didn’t move toward any light or hover then five-year-old daughter along to the around in the corners of his hospital room. vet. We stood and petted our old basset He actually died, just like you and I will hound, Bill, and talked to him and prayed someday. He laid there for three days. He and cried as the vet administered a lethal was dead. injection. Then we wrapped him up and And as hard as that is to talk about in took him home. As I dug his grave in our a culture where people don’t even know backyard, I cried some more and thought where meat comes from, it’s also the reason about my own death and the deaths of the we refer to that day as Good Friday. Death people I loved. Then, I slid Bill’s empty dog is our enemy, the worst and the last one house over his grave and spoke the words we will ever face. But, as the apostle Paul that I had recited countless times: “We look wrote, “If we have been crucified with him for the resurrection of the dead, and the life in a death like his, we will also certainly be of the world to come.” Amen. raised with him in a resurrection like his.” ✦ March/April 2013 | 17 Ministry you have a very small imagination An excerpt from Imagining the Small Church by Steve Willis I remember a coffee conversation with a wise and thoughtful colleague who was a great help early in my pastoral journey. We met for coffee on Wednesday mornings with a number of friends in the surrounding area. Usually, our conversations roamed wildly from the state of the church to theological perspectives to which movies to go see. On this particular grey, wet morning, my mood was about as dark as the winter weather. The weather kept others away that day. So Gil and I sat by ourselves, hunched over our big mugs of coffee. I was in a funk because a meandering two-hour session meeting the night before had been a useless argument about how to fix a leak in the church roof caused by the freezing and thawing of February rains. I whined, “How in the world can anybody talk about a leak for two hours?” The conversation and ensuing argument over such a narrow matter were symbolic of how constricted and visionless the church PhotoObjects.net. © Getty Images 18 | LMagazine.net could be – I thought. I do not remember how long I ranted on in my righ- or mission studies can be helpful, Many years ago I had my first teous indignation. but more than the programs them- imaginings of the mountains as On this particular morning Gil selves is the imagination and atten- a congregation in worship. How abandoned the usual reflective lis- tion to the Spirit we bring to them. had I hiked so many trails and tening practice that most pastors Reflecting on how imagination not previously seen the way that employ when faced with such self- works and how church leaders can these magnificent trees were lifting absorption. When I finally stopped employ their own imaginations and up their mighty arms in worship? to take a breath from my diatribe, inspire the imaginations of folks in That image became so fixed in my Gil slowly looked up from his cof- the pews can be fruitful. thoughts that I see it all the time fee. He said, “You have a very small I remember another older col- imagination.” “I have a small imag- league, a veteran of World War II, Likewise, an integral part of ination!” I retorted. Gil calmly re- giving a valedictory sermon at the my work as a pastor is imagining plied, “You could help them imag- end of his 40-plus-year service as the people where I serve accord- ine how working on a leaky root a pastor. He spoke of the medieval ing to the lively images I find in might be a part of their service to stone masons who had spent their the Scriptures. Here are the very the kingdom of God or you could entire lifetimes crafting a small bit children of the eternal God, Jesus’ patiently wait until they’ve com- of a cathedral. He imagined that own brothers and sisters. They are pleted this task. You can’t ignore they must have seen their work as the body of the risen Christ; the a leaky roof. The most important building the kingdom of God. No hands, feet, arms, and eyes of the thing is what kind of imagina- doubt they knew that they were loving Lord of all, reaching out to tion you bring to the discussion.” merely constructing a window por- touch and heal God’s beloved, bro- I thought about his reflections for tion of wall. But weren’t the most ken world. Wendell Berry writes, a moment and then asked him if blessed of them those who envi- “As the word [imagination] itself he had seen any good movies late- sioned that their small efforts were suggests, it is the power to make us ly. Today Gil still serves the same given for the glory of God? They see, moreover, things that without congregation; he has been there for had not completed the work to be it would be unseeable. In one of its 20-plus years. Engaged pastors of done, the entire cathedral; ultimate aspects, it is the power by which small congregations who have been fulfillment rested in the hands of we sympathize.” in the same place for a long time God. This pastor was looking back ✦ often approach ordinary matters and imagining what his work had with lively imaginations. been, and he found a beautiful im- Steve Willis, as a Presbyterian (USA) minister, has pastored small churches in rural, town, and urban settings for the past 17 years and writes about the sustainability of small church life. This is a selection from Imagining the Small Church (Alban, 2012), 87-90. A revival of faithful imagination age to capture it. The challenge of in the people of small churches is a imagination, however, is also look- powerful thing. New programs or ing forward and considering what long-range planning committees may be. now. I cannot shake it. March/April 2013 | 19 Spirituality BECOMING A COMMUNITY FOR DISCERNMENT Excerpted from Pursuing God’s Will Together by Ruth Haley Barton mind of each individual but also the corporate mind. Discernment literally means “to separate, to discriminate, to determine, to decide or to distinguish between two things.” Spiritual discernment is the ability to distinguish or discriminate between good (that which is of God and draws us closer to God) and evil (that which is not of God and draws us away from God). There are many qualities that contribute to good leadership, but it is our commitment to discerning and doing the will of God through the help of the Holy Spirit that distinguishes spiritual leadership from other kinds of leadership. Brian Jensen, www.Studio-Arts.com. Corporate or leadership discernment, then, is the capacity to recognize and respond to the presence and activity of God as a leadership group relative to the issues we are facing, and to make decisions in response to that awareness. Spiritual leaders D are distinguished by their commit- iscernment, in a most gen- apostle Paul says that we are to be ment to discern important matters eral sense, is the capacity to transformed by the renewing of our together so they can affirm a shared recognize and respond to the pres- minds so that we can discern what sense of God’s desire for them and ence and the activity of God – both the will of God is, that which is move forward on that basis. in the ordinary moments and in the good, acceptable and perfect (Rom It is hard to imagine that spiri- larger decisions of our lives. The 12:2). This includes not only the tual leadership could be about any- 20 | LMagazine.net thing but seeking to know and do One of the challenges to leader- the will of God, and yet many lead- ship discernment is that it can seem ership groups do not have this as somewhat subjective and even their clear mandate and reason for mystical, which doesn’t always go existence. This raises a question: If over too well with hard-nosed we are not pursuing the will of God business people and pragmatists together in fairly intentional ways, – those who often make up boards what are we doing? Our own will? and other leadership groups. It is What seems best according to our one thing to rely on what feels like own thinking and planning? That a more subjective approach when it which is merely strategic or expedi- pertains to our personal life, but it ent or good for the ego? feels much riskier when our deci- Discernment together as leaders, sions involve large budgets, other on the other hand, opens us to an people’s financial investments, the entirely different reality – the wis- lives of multiple staff, reports to dom of God that is beyond human high-powered boards and serving wisdom and is available to us as we a “customer base” (congregation or learn how to open ourselves to it (1 organization) with varying levels of Cor 2:6-16). This approach to lead- expectation. And yet many lead- ership presents unique challenges ers today are longing for a way of because it requires us to move be- leading that is more deeply respon- yond reliance on human thinking sive to the will of God than to the and strategizing to a place of deep latest ideas from a New York Times listening and response to the Spirit bestseller. We wonder, Is there a of God within and among us. This trustworthy process that enables is not to dismiss what human wis- Christian leaders to actively seek dom and strategic thinking have to God relative to decisions we are offer us. Our ability to think things making? through and apply reason to our The answer is a resounding yes! decision making is a gift from God; and it is why I have written this book however, the Scriptures are clear – to provide practical guidance for that human wisdom and the wis- leaders and leadership teams who dom of God are not the same thing, want to enter more deeply into the and part of becoming more discern- process of corporate discernment as ing is the ability to distinguish be- a way of life in leadership. tween the two (1 Cor1:18-31). ✦ Ruth Haley Barton is founding president of the Transforming Center, a spiritual formation ministry to pastors and Christian leaders and author of several books. She has degrees from Wheaton College, Northern Seminary, and Loyola University. Excerpted with permission from Pursuing God’s Will Together by Ruth Haley Barton. Copyright © 2012 by Ruth Haley Barton, www.RuthHaleyBarton.com. Used by permission of InterVarsity Press, PO Box 1400, Downers Grove, IL 60187, www.ivpress.com. March/April 2013 | 21 Arts by Art Clyde GROWING IN GOD’S GARDEN I magine a city with clean, flowing ter is profuse with images – deserts, water, gardens, trees with abun- stones, palms, lambs, a shep- dant fruit, a choir singing and … herd. These form a tapestry as That’s the image in the book of Rev- we tell the stories in the midst of elation of God’s new creation. The current events. photograph to the right is of a mo- There is also the possibility of saic created by community mem- finding one broad symbol that can bers and installed at the Wellstone enfold the breadth of the two sea- Center in St. Paul, Minnesota. The sons. As you look at the image of the beautiful garden is a metaphor of garden, notice a central figure that a real mission – growing food and appears to relate to what is around raising funds to feed people of the it. You might begin to think about community. sustenance, nourishment, procre- This image also represents what ation, diversity, or interrelation- we rehearse and imagine in worship, ships. The Lent and Easter seasons does it not – that all are fed at God’s are a wonderful time to explore the table? That God’s dominion will tensions of our contemporary lives: come and that God’s will be done between those who have much and on earth as it is in heaven? With those who are hungry; between that belief we sing with all the saints those who destroy forests for profit Holy! and Hosanna! and those who plant gardens in the As we plan for worship we can city; between those who tear down find ways to connect images and in the name of progress and those symbols to the concerns and ques- who preserve heritage. tions of our real, here-and-now lives. Throughout these seasons scrip- Just as a garden mosaic was created ture draws us to gardens (Gethse- to celebrate the vision embraced by mane and Mary at the tomb). Gar- a community center, likewise sym- dens and trees are often used as bols can be chosen for worship to metaphors. Christians often use the celebrate not only the stories and tree of life as a symbol for Christ. traditions of the faith community The specific image of the tree of life but also its mission and its hopes. in the city (Rev 22:1-5) appears later The scriptural progression through on the Sixth Sunday of Easter. As the days of Lent and Sundays of Eas- you prepare for worship in this part 22 | LMagazine.net A Place to Grow, Community Garden Mosaic Materials include Baltic Birch plywood, stained glass, mirror, porcelain tile, gems, beads, paper under glass, gold leaf, and china. Size: 5 x 8 ft, 1 in deep. Installed at The Wellstone Center, St. Paul, Minnesota. ArtWork 2006 Mosaic Art Program. Lead Mentor Artist: Sharra Frank Apprentice Artists: Elizabeth Amundsen, Luke Chen, Edith Cho, P. Croix Farnham, Xing Li, Yang Mee Moua, Claire Oslund, Carolyn Soley, and Anna Voskresensky. Photograph by Mary Truran. Used with permission. March/April 2013 | 23 Arts In addition to his previous work in worship, music, and liturgical arts for the United Church of Christ and music editor (The New Century Hymnal), Arthur Clyde is a workshop leader in worship planning and has served in several ecumenical worship-related settings such as the Consultation on Common Texts. He occasionally teaches at United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minnesota. of the church year, think of ways that you might use an image of a garden that needs to be nourished and watered and cared for in order to flower and grow. Alternately, think of ways that you might be able to use the image of Jesus Christ as the tree of life * A Place to Grow may be downloaded for projection at no cost. Go to www.LMagazine.net and click on “Extra.” to tell the story of our never-ending work to bring the realm of God into being. Here are some possibilities. Use the image A Place to Grow as a discussion piece about communities finding new life together Your engagement might begin with exploring what is seen in the picture and then moving toward the idea of building community through engagement with art. (It can be downloaded for projection at www.LMagazine.net under “Extra.”) Study and sing hymn texts that explore the tree of life imagery Make your own image • “The Apple Tree Carol” – The text Consider ways that the brokenness of is an old Appalachian song, set to community might be healed through music by Jeremiah Ingalls c.1805 forming a mosaic garden like the one and Elizabeth Poston in 1967. It at shown here. is available in many forms and set- Perhaps the closing hymn for the tings. Check the internet for a music season could be “How Can I Keep source that is convenient for you. from Singing.” The first line captures • “Tree of Life” – Text and tune are by well the sweetness of the garden and Marty Haugen. It can be found in our longing for restoration: Evangelical Lutheran Worship (334). My life flows on in endless song, • “There in God’s Garden” – The above earth’s lamentation. 17th-century text is by Pécseli Király Imre, translated by Erik I catch the sweet, though far-off hymn Routley. It can be found in Evangeli- that hails a new creation. cal Lutheran Worship (342). Consider constructing a symbolic tree in the sanctuary During Lent, think of ways to cover it with vines that choke it and obscure it, and then through the season, find a way to reveal its blossoms at Easter, perhaps ending with the “fruits of the Spirit” at Pentecost. 24 | LMagazine.net As you explore images of a garden in the city or the tree of life, make connections to the yearnings of people to care for the earth and restore what is broken in order to bring in the realm of God. ✦ Theology for Life Listening to Popular Music Blessed Are the Consumers Compass: Christian Explorations of Daily Living Climate Change and the Practice of Restraint DON H. COMPIER DAVID H. JENSEN, Series Editor SALLIE McFAGUE “In Listening to Popular Music, Don Compier turns out a masterful conversation between popular music of our time and the mainstream Western theological tradition. The result is an immensely readable foray into beats and steps, alongside the Word and words of crooners theological and musical, offering a melliuous riff at the crossroads between popular creativity —James Perkinson and venerable tradition.” Ecumenical Theological Seminary, Detroit McFague argues that the root of restraint rests in the ancient Christian notion of Kenosis, or selfemptying. By introducing Kenosis through the life stories of John Woolman, Simone Weil, and Dorothy Day, McFague brings a powerful theological concept to bear in a winsome and readable way. 978-0-8006-9960-4 208 pp pbk $24.00 Available wherever books are sold or 978-0-8006-9891-1 128 pp pbk $15.00 800-328-4648 fortresspress.com www.alcm.org God Is Here June 30 - July 3, 2013 Worship in a Wireless World A ssociation of Lutheran Church Musicians Biennial Conference Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana Chapel of the Resurrection Valparaiso University Bach Institute David Cherwien and the National Lutheran Choir March/April 2013 | 25 Picks Resource by Julie K. Aageson It is not easy to convey a sense of wonder – let alone resurrection wonder – to another. It’s the very nature of wonder to catch us off guard, to circumvent expectations and assumptions. Wonder can’t be packaged, and it can’t be worked up. It requires some sense of being there and some sense of engagement. – Eugene H. Peterson Mondays with Moltmann – On Resurrection and the Fear of Death Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church For brief blogs by Jürgen Moltmann go to www. Diglotting.com. In particular, see xhttp://diglotting. com/2011/06/27/mondays-with-moltmann-onresurrection-and-the-fear-of-death/ by N.T. Wright (HarperOne, 2008) Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ by Eugene Peterson (Eerdmans, 2010) This book is the fifth in Eugene Peterson’s bestselling series, Conversations in Spiritual Theology. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians forms the backdrop as a “resurrection document.” This beautiful treatise on the many meanings of resurrection concludes with an appendix called “Some Writers on the Practice of Resurrection,” a lovely finale about mature Christian formation. Equally engaging titles from Peterson’s “conversations” series include Christ Plays in Ten Thousand Places, Eat This Book, The Jesus Way, and Tell It Slant (Eerdmans). Friday, Saturday, Sunday: Literary Meditations on Suffering, Death, and New Life by David Cunningham (Westminster John Knox, 2007) Using novels, plays, and poems, Cunningham reflects on issues of suffering, death, and new life. 26 | LMagazine.net N.T. Wright deals with themes of life and death in Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church. Wright makes the case that what we believe about life after death directly affects our understandings of healing and hope in the present life (HarperOne, 2008). The Death and Resurrection of Jesus Six-session DVD discussion led by Dr. Marcus Borg (UM Comm Igniting Ministries) Borg’s penchant for “talking to people for whom an older way of looking at the Christian faith no longer works” makes for provocative, engaging conversation. Titles include What Happened on Good Friday?; Jesus Is Lord; and Jesus, God’s Love Revealed. Each program is 17-23 minutes in length. Guide included. The Passion DVD presentation (www.JoeCastillo.com) For a dramatic live art presentation on DVD, sand artist Joe Castillo interprets the passion of Christ in The Passion. Scenes are taken from scripture and provide a creative way for discussing the events of Holy Week. Preview at www.YouTube.com. Picks Resource Bread and Wine: Readings for Lent and Easter Luke: An Eight-Session Book of Faith Bible Study (The Plough Publishing House, 2003). This is a beautiful collection of classic writings on themes of resurrection and new life from a distinguished list of authors including Meister Eckhart, Kathleen Norris, Walter Wangerin, Edith Stein, Dorothee Soelle, Dietrich Bonhoeffer, and William Willimon. Gospel Food for Hungry Christians: John CD by storyteller John Shea (ACTA Publications, 2008) A theologian and storyteller, Shea offers compelling scriptural and theological insights into the Gospel of John. Shea’s captivating stories and examples relate John’s Gospel to contemporary Christian life in ways that are “preachable, teachable, and personal.” by Dr. David Tiede (Augsburg Fortress, 2011) Luke scholar Dr. David Tiede, contributes fresh insights in Luke, addressing themes from this issue of L Magazine including Let God Be God!; What Was Jesus Doing?; Why Must Jesus Die?; Grace Will Lead Me Home!; Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended?; and How Did Jesus’ Resurrection Change the World? Many of these resources can be previewed at your area ELCA Resource Center. ✦ Julie K. Aageson is coordinator of ELCA Resource Centers and director of the Eastern North Dakota Synod Resource Center. You may contact her at [email protected] or [email protected] That You May Have Life: Musical Stories from the Gospel of John (GIA, 2005) You may enjoy listening to That You May Have Life, a new musical by composer Marty Haugen. This unique resource focuses on images and themes from John’s Gospel and includes talented artists like Tony Alonso, Valimar Jansen, Melissa Cuddy, Serenity Fisher, Mary Preus, Mike Mahler, Ray East, and David Haas. You may sample tracks at www.GIAmusic.com. CURRICULA LeCtIonARy ResoURCes foR woRshIp, fAIth foRmAtIon, And seRvICe wood Lake publishing is the one-stop shopping place for all your curriculum needs. visit us online or phone 1-800-663-2775 to request a catalogue. Order early! 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Scott Moore The International Center of Bethlehem PO Box 162 Paul VI St. 109 Bethlehem, Palestine Telephone: +972-2-2770047 Fax: +972-2-2770048 E-mail: [email protected] Website: www.annadwa.org Contact: Rana Khoury The Lutheran Center of Mexico City Centro Luterano Apartado Postal 20-416 Mexico, D.F. 20 01000, Mexico Telephone: 52 55 5550 4044 E-mail: [email protected] Contact: Bethany Ulrich Seminaries This listing does not include the degree programs of the ELCA Seminaries and Extension Centers. To learn more about the various degree programs, contact the seminaries and extension centers directly. The Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia 7301 Germantown Ave. Philadelphia, PA 19119-1794 800-286-4616 | www.ltsp.edu Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary 4201 N. Main St. Columbia, SC 29203-5898 800-804-5233 | www.ltss.edu Pacific Lutheran Theological Seminary 2770 Marin Ave. Berkeley, CA 94708 800-235-7587 | www.plts.edu Trinity Lutheran Seminary 2199 E. 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