more about this sight

"you're packing a suitcase for a place that you've never been...a place that has to be believed to be seen"...'Walk On' by U2

WATERSHED: A voice in the wilderness. DARYL UNDERWOOD.

 

The concept of Centerpoint Christianity briefly stated is:

Christianity from the centerpoint outward.

Christianity from the climax forward.

This blog constitutes concepts for a new view of Christianity that begins with what is foundational and moves forward from that point. It is based on the assumption that we are being pulled towards something unseen and pushed from a place that once was.

What Centerpoint Christianity attempts to do is bypass some of the constraints imposed by metanarratives by using the life of Christ and particularly the climactic actions of Christ as beginning points.

It supports the conviction that God is essentially timeless. From this beginning point we endeavor to move outward from the definitive moment of the parousia (visitation) of Christ and forward to the future which functions as a type of magnet to "what can be--and is coming".

When we begin at the life of Christ and move outward as from the centerpoint of a web, rather than in a linear timeline of history, another wide picture emerges.


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Wednesday
Jan142009

launching sacred space

A new reformation makes room for an old way of following. At one juncture in Christianity we made way for community conversation, spiritual direction or mentoring, and contemplative moments. When time moved slow we had time. Space without interruption made it natural. When we weren't pressured by clocks, demands, entertainment invitations, unmitigated time possibilities we had 'sacred space' both personal and communal. Somewhere it was lost.

It will take a measure of intentionality to recover 'sacred space'. Some people need the assist that a personal trainer gives to keep them fit, or help them lose weight, or to drive them to meet a goal. Almost all of us could use a spiritual mentor to assist us in finding our center, our core, our reason for following the Christ. This is the new reformation I want to be a part of. To walk alongside of a small community and provide intentional development of spiritual direction, coaching, mentoring, imagining. We desperately need this. Most people even when they are intentional need help in this process. Having walked the road for quite sometime I have reserve to give, guidance to provide, ideas to encourage. Sacred space is not meant to be boring or tedious as in some perceptions of spiritual disciplines.  Rather sacred space will be enhanced by movies, songs, stories and be attentive to life. It will be about giving people a paradigm for seeing God in the life they are now living. It is a way to help us 'think differently, reflect on our feelings deeply, and engage our world creatively'.

Church isn't helping, and in some ways the system of church works against this concept rather than for it. Church becomes another demand on our time. And the pay-off seems more limited than it could be. We need more than an hour listening to a 'talking head'. We need to experience God's heart in us.

I am getting ready to launch 'sacred space'...a new kind of church based on the changes that have come in our time of the 'Great Emergence' socially, culturally, and religiously. The primary intention will be spiritual direction as we navigate our own pilgrimage...as we 'work out our salvation'...as we 'renew our minds into the image of the creator' as 'Christ is formed in us'. All of these Pauline phrases speak of 'sacred space' that can be encouraged through the 'new reformation conversation'. It is part of becoming the new kind of Christian that McLaren introduced us to a while back. I expect sacred space to be seasonal for most. That is, we might commit to sacred space for a period of twelve weeks...or perhaps maintain community for several years. Sacred space is more like seeing a therapist or personal trainer than attending church. It's design is to give people a new paradigm for ingesting life and walking attentively as followers.

Reader Comments (1)

Mary Beth Oakley sent me your site. Mary Beth is now employed by us at Wesley Park UMC. We love her! I'm interested in your concept of sacred space. Perhaps we could meet for coffee sometime?

January 20, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterWill Clegg

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