All My Relations: Surpassing Righteousness

Inspired by a view of the world which sees connection everywhere – Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ – we’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the depth and breadth of our relatedness. God’s call to his creatures has always been a call into relationship – with God’s self and all others. Hence, Richard Rohr would go so far as to call salvation “the readiness, the capacity, and the willingness to stay in relationship.”

This week we conclude our exploration by focusing on Jesus’ call to a righteousness which surpasses that of even the Pharisees and the teachers of the law (Matthew 5:20). Could he really expect so much of us? Apparently, yes. Apparently, we were made for far more than a life still bound by anger and lust and hatred and unforgiveness. Jesus would have us settle for nothing less than flourishing life, and a love that stretches beyond every border, even reaching our enemies.

All My Relations: Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ

Inspired by a view of the world which sees connection everywhere – Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ – we’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the depth and breadth of our relatedness. God’s call to his creatures has always been a call into relationship – with God’s self and all others. Hence, Richard Rohr would go so far as to call salvation “the readiness, the capacity, and the willingness to stay in relationship.”

This week we step into uncomfortable, but necessary, conversation, addressing the deep brokenness that has characterized the relationship between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples of this land. Truly, we are in need of reconciliation. Acknowledging both the truth of our shared history, and the broken ways of relating which still permeate our present, we then grapple with the crucial question: how can we learn to become good neighbours?

All My Relations: Way of Righteousness

Inspired by a view of the world which sees connection everywhere – Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ – we’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the depth and breadth of our relatedness. God’s call to his creatures has always been a call into relationship – with God’s self and all others. Hence, Richard Rohr would go so far as to call salvation “the readiness, the capacity, and the willingness to stay in relationship.”

This week we’ll explore God’s repeated call on his people to walk in His way of righteousness and justice, particularly toward the oppressed and outcast. Apparently, there is no other way to live a ‘Godly’, or even ‘truly-human’, life. As those who are made ‘in the image’ of the God who is love (that is, generous, reciprocal, giving-and-receiving in God’s very Being – we call this the doctrine of the trinity:) we have always been called to live in similarly loving ways.

All My Relations: The Beginning is the End

Inspired by a view of the world which sees connection everywhere – Mitákuye Oyás’iŋ – we’ll spend 4 weeks exploring the depth and breadth of our relatedness. God’s call to his creatures has always been a call into relationship – with God’s self and all others. Hence, Richard Rohr would go so far as to call salvation “the readiness, the capacity, and the willingness to stay in relationship.”

This week we’ll begin our exploration by focusing on creation at its ‘beginning’ (Genesis 1 and 2), seeing this picture of shalom – peace as mutual flourishing – mirrored in John’s vision of the ‘end’ (Revelation 21 and 22). Between those bookends, you might say there has been some unraveling of the cosmic tapestry; clearly, our relations are strained. But take heart: any move toward love and kindness, to reconciliation and restored relationship, is a glimpse of the life everlasting.