We are on for another week of Public Theology down at the Tap House on Monday the 9th, 5:30-7. If the weather is nice, we will try to hit the patio.
Our topic this week comes from Pastor Dawn Hutchings, a Lutheran pastor of a congregation just north of Toronto. She recently wrote about the Ascension of Jesus, and how she has come to understand the event in a very meaningful way. This plays well into our just-celebrated Pentecost Festival day, since the Ascension story closely precedes the Pentecost story in Luke/Acts.
Head over to her blog, to the article entitled “The Ascension Never Actually Happened – Ascension is Always Happening”. It’s on the longer side, and gets into the subject pretty deeply, but it is worth the time.
Here are a few questions to get things rolling:
- What do you think of this idea of reading scripture “beyond literal…historical…and even metaphorical”?
- Is Pastor Dawn’s illustration of “Danny Deckchair” and the real Larry Walters a helpful way to portray how stories tell truth even if the story told is not “literal”?
- Pastor Dawn names the importance of “mystery” through a quote from a friend, saying “Mystery makes sense to me, the miraculous doesn’t.” Does that resonate with you? Or not?
- So, what does the Ascension mean for us in the 21st Century?