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Wednesday, January 13, 2010

Metanoia initiates a new way to be in the world

RJ, a minister with the United Church of Christ shares sermon notes for January 17 in his post, "Living as new wine" in which he refers to Thomas Moore's description of the wedding in Cana in Writing in the Sand: Jesus and the Soul of the Gospels. A 37 second YouTube video titled Surprise, shows Moore talking about metanoia, a radical shift in awareness. RJ quotes Moore's book:
"But Jesus demonstrates that in the kingdom of God, marriage is one of the prime settings in which the transformation from plain living to new vision can take place. It is where the water becomes wine... it is where our raw and untested lives take on new complexity and richness through sharing and struggle... it is where, like grape juice turning to wine, our separateness is broken down as we discover the mystery of a shared life."
RJ considers additional connections between marriage and different types of relationships. Viewers also can access a 28 second clip of Moore describing the emotion of longing -- an emotion that he says makes us human.

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