The current installment of the COEC began meeting in 2007.

We are currently on a "break," for no particular reason, and many little reasons - mostly pertaining to life circumstances. If anyone is interested in calling a meeting, feel free to post on the blog, join the google group (see link below) and send an email, or contact either Nancy (nancykj10@yahoo.com) or Jesse (schroeder.jesse@gmail.com) for more information.

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Greg said...

"Amidst the myriad religious communities that seek to be places that provide understanding, we need to form a space that takes this away, even if just for a few moments, so that something else can take place. The point of such gatherings cannot be to offer some kind of occult, hidden truth that requires a certain level of education or intelligence. The idea of books such as this one is not to attempt to offer up the deep truth that is affirmed by Christianity, but rather to argue that no book could accomplish such a task--because that truth, if it exists at all, is not something that can be grasped as if it were a concept. Such a project, while it has a place, is in no way necessary for an encounter with that truth. The question then is how we can form collectives that seek to invite, affirm, recall, and relay this deep truth, not to provide a space where we try to understand it" (Rollins, The Fidelity of Betrayal, 174).

Zack said...

Greg I really enjoyed the Celebration last night. It reminded me of a time in my life when I thought through what it would look like to not be a Christian. How would that change me? At first things would still be the same, but eventually...
I think looking at that again offers some great insight into who you really are and where your faith really lies.
If I was not a Christian would I still have this same job? Would my family treat me differently and would I treat them differently? Would I be more appreciative of them? How would I feel about the injustices around the world? I would not want to be a missionary anymore, but would I still want to go serve in other countries to some capacity? How would I feel about death?
Is it real faith that drives these forces within me that define who I am or is it something different altogether?

Anonymous said...

Thank you, Greg. It was awesome.

Jesse said...

Zack - thanks for posting those questions. I don't have much more to say, except that our time together Sunday night has also caused me to seriously reflect and ask similar questions, especially regarding career. They are hard questions, and I don't know how to answer them yet, but I'm trying to be more straight forward and honest with myself about what I believe at my most core levels and not let the Christian sub-culture determine or control me as much - it's a tough thing when that has been my world for so (so) long

thanks again Zack - and Greg -