Monday, June 9th

Hello all,

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:

  1. What do you think of this idea of reading scripture “beyond literal…historical…and even metaphorical”?
  2. 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”?
  3. 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?
  4. So, what does the Ascension mean for us in the 21st Century?
direct link: http://pastordawn.com/2014/05/26/the-ascension-never-actually-happened-ascension-is-always-happening-3/
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