The current installment of the COEC began meeting in 2007.

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Sunday's Discussion

We are meeting at Global Gallery in Clintonville at 3pm on Sunday January 31st. Everyone is welcome to join the discussion!!

Since nothing else has really been suggested, a quick idea - take it or leave it: I just got back from watching the movie "The Book of Eli" and it really has me thinking about the power of words, music, art, and the ideas (that word isn't big enough) that is communicated through these mediums. In short, the movie is based in a post-apocalyptic world in which few can read; there are no tv's, radios, etc; but of course plenty of weapons and fighting. The main character is traveling across the country in possession of the only remaining copy of the Bible, and there is a strong recognition that this book contains immense power - to be used for good or evil (cue dramatic music).

Anyway, I was thinking about the power of the words of the Bible - not just the dogmas or the ideas - but because the words themselves are beautiful and come from and connect with the human spirit, they are powerful - even if you couldn't really understand what they were all about. The same goes for many songs, paintings, dance, etc. There is something meaningful communicated, and it is important. We focus our societies and our culture around art like this. It has power.

So I thought that we could share parts of the Bible that mean the most for us - not in the sense that they inform our doctrine (necessarily), or that it is a "life verse" - but more that the words themselves are beautiful to you. They speak to you. They are a centering focus for your life. The Word has Power more than the weapons and powers of this world.

Along with words from the Bible, we could share songs, movie clips, stories, paintings, photos and other art that communicates this same kind of power.

Think about it; try to bring something to share or talk about; and we'll see where it goes -

Or we could talk about something else? Other ideas??

1 comment:

NancyJ said...

I have a verse to share and I am currently reading the book by Samir Selmanovic, "It's all about God" and have an excerpt to share from that as well.

Thank you for bringing this author to our attention, Jesse.

The book is quite extraordinary.

See you all later!