Finding Yourself in Transition – Week 1 June 14, 2020

          “Some changes challenge the way that we perceive ourselves and our universe,” says Robert Brumet in Finding Yourself in Transition. We are living such changes now—changes brought about by a virus that remains undaunted and by the exposed fault lines of systemic injustice yet again laid bare by cell phone video that asks of everyone: Who are you in the matter?  “Such changes are not just about how we live, but about who we are as human beings,” says Brumet. “Our assumptions about who we are and how we are related to the world around us are being challenged if not shattered.”
          Though he first wrote those words in the 1990s, they could not be more pertinent today. This Sunday we launch our Summer Sunday Series based on Rev. Brumet’s book and the wonderful double entendre of its title—yes, we find ourselves in the midst of these historic transitions and yes, we can use these teachings to find who we will be in these matters. My wish is that our study facilitates “finding” ourselves during this time of transition—and—that it does so in a way that cultivates “growth-fostering” relationships among us. To that end, this series is being designed as a “participatory” experience enabled by Zoom’s capacity to create small discussion groups. This Sunday we will cover the Preface, Prologue, and Chapter One of Finding Yourself in Transition. This is not a hard or long read, but it is a thought-provoking one. For those of you who do not have time to get the book and read this week, we will provide an overview so that you can join in the discussion. The reflection questions below will give you plenty to ponder whether you have the time to read the book or not. Don’t miss Sunday just because you have not read the material! If you do have time, your participation will be greatly enriched by coming Sunday with your “two-minute take-away” from the readings and reflections questions listed below.
          This Summer Series offers tools to help us navigate our rapidly changing world. It also provides an opportunity for us to deepen our connections with each other. Your presence and your voice are important components in this journey. I hope to see you Sunday! 

With much love and gratitude, Linda

Reflection Questions:

  1. As you go through this time of transition(s), what assumptions have been challenged? How are these changes challenging how you live? How are they challenging your ideas about who you are?
  2. “Change often takes us into new territory where old maps are no longer sufficient,” says Brumet. What “old maps” are no longer sufficient for you?
  3. The theologian Paul Tillich described times of rapid change as ontological crises—crises of being—that arise when something that has served as our “ground of being” has been threatened, diminished, or taken from us. Have you experienced your “ground of being” being threatened or diminished? If so, how?