Posts Tagged ‘Seth Godin’

A New Year’s Wish

Tuesday, December 30th, 2014

In a recent blog post Seth Godin noted how we respond most readily to “close and now.”  We ignore what is not.

And yet so many of the challenges we face are neither “close” or “now.”  Issues spanning from global warming to damaged relationships, we prefer, sadly to push off with shallow hope to some never arrived at future when we believe we will finally be able to say, “Now I have time.”

But “time” never arrives.  So “attention” never arrives.  So “healing” never arrives.  And we are left with spinning lives no more at peace for all the frantic efforts at distraction.

A simple New Year’s Wish… that we draw our lives, our true lives, our this-is-what-actually-matters-lives, into the “close and now.”  We don’t need to take all that movement in in one bite.  But we can find one small piece, a quiet piece, one “micro-resolution” as a dear friend calls it, and practice there.  Close and now.

Miracles I think … where there is nothing but stone and rock we find a soft pocket, soft soil.  A place where a seed can land.  A place where growth can happen.  Not all at once.  But given a space, it starts.

Blessings on 2015!



The Freedom of Genuine Choice

Thursday, May 30th, 2013

Freedom is the name-of-the-game in a certain sense within New Church theology.   God’s desire is for us to be free.  And we can hold that freedom a number of ways.  Freedom from … fear, anger, jealously, addiction, lust.  Freedom to …. serve, love, connect, relate, live.  Without that freedom – both an end in itself and a means to that end – as Emanuel Swedenborg noted, “How could we co-operate in receiving these things from God?’ (True Christianity 615)

Freedom is more than personal taste. As Seth Godin noted:

Genuine choice involves whole new categories, or “none of the above.” Genuine choice is difficult to embrace, because it puts so many options and so many assumptions on the table with it. There’s nothing wrong with avoiding significant choices most of the time. Life (and an organization) is difficult to manage if everything is at stake, all the time. The trap is believing that the superficial choices are the essential part of our work. They’re not. They’re mostly an easy way to avoid the much more frightening job of changing everything when it matters.

Spiritual choice often presents with just that … the more frightening job of changing everything that matters!   Choices towards life often appear to embrace life-giving danger.


“Church” and the new call toward Humanity

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Churches do not exist in a cultural vacuum.  They become pivots of a sort, “pivots” where God’s Word, parishioners’ needs, service into the world all gather etc…all coalesce.  And the water all those swim in, so to speak, is culture.

It is then of course no surprise that as past cultural truisms fade churches seismographically register those tremors.  Such is true with economic changes as well.   While a “we are above that” attitude draws a certain admiration to the defiance, it is unwise to think that “religion” and “culture” face one another in a state of perpetual war … South Korea and the North. As New Church theology points out God presents us with two complimentary pillars of truth … the Word and the World.  Welcome to synthesis!

There is much to be said for what the world is teaching us now.  And what the shifts we currently observe will bring us to.   Seth Godin, a popular blogger, pointed out that much of what this new era will search for is humanity.

HUMANITY: We don’t worship industrial the way we used to. We seek out human originality and caring instead. When price and availability are no longer sufficient advantages (because everything is available and the price is no longer news), then what we are drawn to is the vulnerability and transparency that bring us together, that turn the “other” into one of us.

For a long time to come the masses will still clamor for cheap and obvious and reliable. But the people you seek to lead, the people who are helping to define the next thing and the interesting frontier, these people want your humanity, not your discounts.

The service church can provide into that space is remarkable!  We just keep looking deeper.