These are the waning hours of the out-of-state portion of my formal preparation for final vows. I leave Concordia, Kansas early tomorrow for the trek home. I have been here in Concordia since the 11th of July, first for an eight-day, silent, directed retreat and then for a theological institute with Ilia Delio, OSF around the content of her book The Emergent Christ. It was an awesome three days of input and sharing. It will take months if not longer to integrate what she presented with what I already know and believe. I know I won't be able to accurately and completely share the material, but I'll give you a quick summary through the lens of Sarah.
Ilia is a scientist by initial profession later turned theologian. She is very passionate about her work of bringing Christ alive through science. I, too, love science, so to have pieces of my faith explained through concrete, biological, universal processes was good for me. I know it might not be good for all, so take whatever in my summary makes sense and know all of this is still fresh and in process in me.
This is the barest of barest bones summary of fifteen hours of direct instruction from a passionate, brilliant, funny, Sister of the cosmos who feels very called to share her message of Christ in Evolution (the title of another of her books).
I almost don't know what else to write. I know I can't put into words the gift of this time, the depth of the experiences, the hopes that I have moving forward. I do know that I am grateful that my vow preparations are not over. I will continue in a formal, very conscious way to see how else I might open myself wider and wider between now and vows. And, I am even more excited to know that that opening will never end. I have an entire life of evolving in consciousness, of loving and being loved, of living daily in wonder and awe and sharing all of that with others. So, I don't think I'll write any more tonight. I'll just see what tomorrow will bring.
In peace, joy, and gratitude--Sarah