School On The Way’s Journey Through Genesis

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Creation of Adam, Courtesy of Breezy421

Imagine going back in time to when Genesis is written, to a culture and world view that is vastly different from ours. People relating to each other and the world in ways we can barely comprehend. Creation stories about, not so much how it all begins as why it begins, including gods and monsters battling each other. A world of people being so very in tune with what we call nature that they had virtually no sense of our cause/effect mind set. Every thing that is happening relates to God or gods.  A world full of mythical beliefs that ancient people held to as firmly as our faith in science is today.  Imagine, even for a day, experiencing being part of a world where people value/seek integration and community as fiercely as we fight for autonomy and independence.A world of people being so very in tune with what we call nature that they had virtually no sense of our cause/effect mind set.  Every thing that is happening relates to God or gods.  A world full of mythical beliefs that ancient people held to as firmly as our faith in science is today. Imagine, even for a day, experiencing being part of a world where people value/seek integration and community as fiercely as we fight for autonomy and independence.  As I am getting requests about doing another Genesis journey (third in less than a year), I am in the process of adding a mini exercise of experiencing life in the ancient world.

As Tina and I were fascinated and over taken in Avatar 3D last night I was being taken to another place in my mind. At  20 years of age, living among a group of Stone Age Indians, a group of us experienced a world about as foreign as possible in our times. I enjoy telling about the funny questions they came up with; related to the high flying bird in the sky (jet) that leaves a trail behind him. “Do you have a moon like ours where you live?” For all the entertainment and smiles at their naïveté – there are a lot of things I still can’t shake. Anthropology classes and discussions are never the same. In a similar way I think this extra dimension to the Genesis journey has the potential to take us from our own myopic western way of living into a wonderful mysterious world created by God. It seems to me to be no coincidence that the Celtic way of Christianity – so in tune with creation – saw the amazing fruit that we are seeing in the organic movement of church life that is spreading around the world. This Genesis Trek is more than fun, more than fascinating, it is the root of who we are.  For more details on the Genesis Journey (and our newest class “Engaging Beauty”) check out our blog at http://newwinecommunity.blogspot.com/2009/02/back-to-origins-genesis-1-11.html 

As of this writting one class is filled. We are open to do another class on either Monday and/or Thursday (or possible a weekend time).  Any feedback on a day or time preference will be taken into consideration.  In preparation for the trip we are recommending everyone to check out the practice of CO2.  This is a practice which everyone on the Genesis course will delve into as we journey together.  For more information on CO2’s see http://www.lk10resources.com/practice-2.html  once there, check out Read the brochure and for more watch the video.

Thanks for reading,
Jan Cowles
jancowles [at] comcast [dot] net