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born & raised Catholic, now going to a Presbyterian church & still learning

Sunday series: 11/22/2009 (#62)

Genter Altar, Altar des Mystischen Lammes, obere mittlere Haupttafel, Szene: Thronender Gottvater; by Hubert van Eyck (circa 1366-1426)Where: Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church at 11am

Bible reading:

“1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. 2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. 3 For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith. 4 For as we have many members in one body, and all members have not the same office: 5 So we, being many, are one body in Christ, and every one members one of another. 6 Having then gifts differing according to the grace that is given to us, whether prophecy, let us prophesy according to the proportion of faith; 7 Or ministry, let us wait on our ministering: or he that teacheth, on teaching; 8 Or he that exhorteth, on exhortation: he that giveth, let him do it with simplicity; he that ruleth, with diligence; he that sheweth mercy, with cheerfulness” (Romans 12:1-8 KJV)

Comments then:

  1. Christ the King Sunday [2nd]
  2. [Rev Paul Rock]’s description of what the perfect church
    • should be to think with measure of faith,
    • to be one body for the church,
    • to not think [of] oneself more than ready are. [regarding Romans 12:1-8]
  3. [Concept of the Third Place by Ray Oldenburg regarding Sermon: The Perfect Church; concepts in bold font added during the edition of this post]
    1. first place — where someone sleeps
    2. second place — where someone labors
    3. third place — where someone gathers with others to find peace and/or fellowship
    4. Christ should be that third place

      The third place (also known as third space) is a term used in the concept of community building to refer to social surroundings separate from the two usual social environments of home and the workplace. In his influential book The Great Good Place, Ray Oldenburg (1989, 1991) argues that third places are important for civil society, democracy, civic engagement, and establishing feelings of a sense of place.
      Oldenburg calls one’s ‘first place’ the home and those that one lives with. The ‘second place’ is the workplace where people may actually spend most of their time. Third places, then, are ‘anchors’ of community life and facilitate and foster broader, more creative interaction. All societies already have informal meeting places; what is new in modern times is the intentionality of seeking them out as vital to current societal needs. Oldenburg suggests the following hallmarks of a true ‘third place’:

      • Free or inexpensive
      • Food and drink, while not essential, are important
      • Highly accessible: proximate for many (walking distance)
      • Involve regulars those who habitually congregate there
      • Welcoming and comfortable
      • Both new friends and old should be found there.”

      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Third_place

      “Ray Oldenburg (born 1932) is an American urban sociologist who is known for writing about the importance of informal public gathering places for a functioning civil society, democracy, and civic engagement. He coined the term third place and is the author of the books Celebrating The Third Place and The Great Good Place, which was a New York Times Book Review Editor’s Choice for 1989.”
      http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray_Oldenburg

  4. Child of the Covenant [regarding Sacrament of Baptism]
  5. Breath In & Breath Out our faith [regarding Reception of New Members]

Comments now:

  1. I love it when faith and psychoanalysis goes hand in hand like Ray Oldenburg‘s Third Place or Emmanuel LévinasThe Other.
  2. I truly hope you’re enjoying my spiritual journey with all its ups and downs. If you click on like my posts, also leave a comment — thanks.
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