In my last post I mentioned that as I understood it a Kiwi theology would address four issues.
- Consumerism, materialism and capitalism
- Meaning and significance
- Connectedness, solidarity and world citizenship
- Sustainable lifestyles.
- People able "to see the cohesion beneath the surface of things...."
- People able to "to see connections between men and women, between humans and other creatures, between people walking the earth and others who are not even here..."
- People with a "powerful vision of universal compassion, justice and love that compels them to live their lives that way...."
It seems and feels to me as if we are spiritually mature when we take the trouble to have a deeper look at life and see and perhaps more importantly feel connections, consequences and links between ourselves, others, and the world at large. In some ways it is a loosening or opening up of our own individuality and seeing ourselves linked with, and a part of the whole. This "whole" encompasses human society, animals, plant life, creation, the past and the future. It is a deep recognition that we are permeable... others' lives flow into us, our life flows out of us impacting the world about us. We realise that we cannot really live as isolated individuals, essential links exist.
Anyway the nature of thinking about deep things is that there is mystery and an open-endedness about any of our words ... all we can do is evoke feelings and perspectives.
We are one! (A good song that describes this)... That's been bubbling in my head and heart as I start another year of trying to lead a church, be a minister and a chaplain.
Today's experiences have made me feel like a bit of a failure and more than a bit frustrated. I have not been all I should have been, I have found things frustrating and at present struggle to see light at the end of a tunnel. But I'll be OK tomorrow.