Well, I may barely make it but I did promise you a schedule and the kick off of our discussion. Actually, the author Phyllis Tickle did that pretty darn good herself last night. I know many of you have embarked on a schedule of your own, one that fits your context and community. I urge you to stay right with that. I offer this for those who would like to join in the discussion on the blog and anyone who wishes to be essentially reading at the same pace I am. Those on Facebook may certainly meet me there as well, although the blog will be the primary discussion point and where I hope we can center the discussion so that all that want to be, can be part of it, and can benefit from the responses.
So, here is my proposed schedule:
March 1-7- Part I intro and Chapters 1 and 2, essentially pages 1-40.
March 8-14- Part II intro and Chapter 3, pages 41-62
March 15-21- Chapters 4 and 5, pages 63-118
March 22-28- Part III intro and Chapter 8, pages 119-144
March 29-April 4- Chapter 7 and end discussion, pages 145-163
April 5-11- Holy Week and April 12th Easter!
For this week, Part I Intro and Chapters 1 and 2.
Of course Part 1 sets the case that Tickle wishes to make, that every 500 years the Church has a rummage sale, and we are living in the midst of such a time today. It would be interesting in our discussions to see where you are with that. Do you agree? Do you see it as she does? This quote from the bottom of page 26, and then top of 27 really intrigues me.
"When Christians despair of the upheavals and re-formations that have been the history of our faith-when the faithful resist, as so many do just now, the presence of another time of reconfiguration with its inevitable pain-we all would do well to remember that, not only are we in the hinge of a five-hundred year period, but we are also the direct product of one. We need, as well, to gauge our pain against the patterns and gains of each of the previous hinge times through which we have already passed. It is especially important to remember that no standing form of organized Christian faith has ever been destroyed by one of our semi-millennial eruptions. Instead, each simply has lost hegemony or pride of place to the new and not-yet-organized from that was birthing."
That one paragraph is packed with so much.
Finally, "The Cable of Meaning." What do you think?
I look forward to our discussions!