In 1907, Francis Galton showed that a crowd was better able to guess the weight of an Ox than any single person in it. What other unexpected skill emerge when we work together rather than as a collection of individuals?
Spring has arrived! Astronomically, at least. This Sunday we celebrate green and growing things, and the cycles of nature that refresh and balance our lives. We also reflect on the lessons of the March for Our Lives, and what might emerge from a moment where the balance seems to be starting to tip.
Martin Luther King wrote that "...there are certain things in our nation and in the world which I am proud to be maladjusted." It can be easy to adjust ourselves to injustices in the world, writing them off as "just the way things are." How can we push back against this complacency, and remain maladjusted?
Content Note: Discussion of gun violence, school shootings.
From guest preacher Jack Gaede: In the chaos, bustle, and hurry of the winter season, where are you finding peace, stillness, and simplicity? Many of our poets and teachers speak of small things— of the mundane, and they often find such joy and contentment there. What are the small things in your life? Where do you find your simple joys?
This first Sunday of Advent, two days after World AIDS Day, we gather to ask what it means to be a people of hope. We live in the hope of a better world, built by human hands. But that better world can seem far from our lived reality at times. How do we remain anchored to a vision of hope in an unhopeful time?