Here are some questions to think about as we prepare to discuss Living from the Center by Jay McDaniel this week:
1. What did you find accessible or easily understandable in this text? What was more difficult?
2. How do you feel about the Buddhist element in this book?
3. How has what McDaniel calls “consumerism” affected churches? How has it affected you and your spiritual life?
4. What did you like best about this book? What was your favourite passage? What did you like least? What was your least favourite passage?
We met for the first time on September 27th to discuss where we wanted to go and what we wanted to get out of the group. It was an exciting first meeting. To help start discussion (not that we needed anything but our own questions!) some of us read an article from Cross Currents entitled “Theology and the City: Learning to Cry, Struggling to See” by Jim Perkinson.
In my understanding of our discussion, I would highlight these interests of the group: We are particularly interested in how theology speaks to our particular context in the city of Vancouver. We are interested in new ways of thinking and talking about ‘God’. We are interested in the pressing justice questions of our day: poverty, homelessness, the ecological crisis, economic segregation, individualism and consumerism. We are interested in the relationship between how we understand God and how we understand the city and the justice issues at play in the city.
What do you think we need to talk about?