Integrating Universe Story with Our Christian Story
We opened this session by having each person reflect on a Cosmos Card they were given and having some of them share their responses such as gratitude, wonder, sense of immensity, etc.One person told a story about the woman who created the cards!
Then we examined the meaning of Jesus’ stated life purpose: “I have come that you might have LIFE, and have it abundantly.”And we found that same purpose in the evolving Universe: the creative unfolding of ever increasing and complex LIFE.
We further explored how Jesus lived out his purpose and as we told stories of how he acted and what he said we found his actions to be expressions of the 3 key values and principles inherent in the evolution of creation:
Recognizing that each being has an Inner Essence and honoring that.
Appreciating the unique gifts of each being coming through their Diversity.
Realizing that we are all materially, energetically and interdependently One.
Jesus lived in alignment with the universal energies, allowing the divine energies of creation to flow through him.
Participants shared comments about how the church would be different—less hierarchical and exclusive--if it could wholeheartedly live out these 3 values, but they recognized that we can do so individually and in our smaller circles and thereby create a powerful energy for change.Participants also raised questions such as “How can anyone marvel at evolution and be an atheist?” and “How do we talk to others who don’t see this?” and “What do we do to bring this understanding and behavior into our lives and churches?”
We closed with a litany prayer using the Cosmos Cards and knowing that LOVE is the way to fullness of LIFE, our response was, “We are loved.”
By Nancy Cosgriff