Among the MANY things that make Collective different than many more common expressions of Church, two stand out:
(a.) Church not being centered around a weekly worship service
(b.) having Bi-vocational pastors.
Especially in these testing times, we need to be vigilant when reading the words that come before us, being upfront about people's biases and assumptions, and evaluating how and why we interact with people's words the way we do. To avoid this is to shortchange the respect due to the author and others, and risks corrupting the lenses with which we view the world.
Thoughts from the November Worship Gathering:
...If we have really understood the vision of Heaven coming to Earth that Jesus preached regularly - if we can really see Jesus’ imagination for the possibility of a new type of human world, then we must EITHER agree with Jesus that ALL are alive and deserve to be treated with dignity and love and empathy - OR - we must admit we disagree with Jesus.
Jesus’ resurrection is the foundation of a new world. Not the world of tribal exclusion and violence and revenge, but the world imagined in Jesus words, ‘Father forgive’ and born in the resurrection and empty tomb. The old world with its massive blood debts and loyalties is gone. The new world of mutual love and sacrificial compassion for all of our neighbors has come.