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Dr. Mike Kear

Hi MiT,

El Santuario de Chimayo in the mountains of New Mexico is a thin place.

One of the beauties of the Spirit is the wind-like attribute, the unexpectedness of the sudden lifting of the veil. Many years ago I experienced a thin time when my wife and I attended the Gathering of Nations in Albuquerque, the world's largest Native American Pow-Wow. As the procession of tribes made their grand entrance, the veil was lifted and I felt the overwhelming love of God for these natives peoples. It brought me to tears.

I think that thin places and thin times are all around us. It is a beautiful thing when we notice them.

Peace,

Mike

Damien Scott

"I saw tears in the eyes of some people that, to be honest, I am not so sure I would have spoken to in another venue."

That sounds like a good definition of heaven to me: sitting down to worship and rejoice with people I would not have spoken to in another venue. [And who probably would not have spoken to me!] After all, isn't that what God did in the Incarnation?

Having spent most of my adulthood as a professional theologican, I have a healthy respect for the truth and, therefore, some respect for orthodoxy. James says (2:19), "You believe that God is one. You do well. Even the demons believe that and tremble."

Monk-in-Training

VW,
I enjoyed and was blessed by Bp. Spong because of his orthopraxy, not his orthodoxy. Matthew 25 says that Jesus seperates the sheep and the goats over how we do justice in this world, and how we take care of His sheep, but never mentions if we belive certian doctrines. I am perfectly aware of his less than.. orthodox standing, however if you had sat and listened to him, perhaps you might have been blessed also.

Paul

Sounds lovely !

VW

First of all, let me say that I subscribe to your blog, I am interested in your thoughts, but your latest post has gotten me to comment.

I also need to state that I am an orthadox Episcopal agnostic bordering on Christian. Yea, like Mulder, I want to believe. I am also an engineer, so by definition has no eloquency and cannot express my thoughts worth a damn so keep this in mind as you read my comments. :)

Frankly I was amazed that you felt blessed having met Spong, and listening to his life story and even allowing him to bless your rosary?!? The reason why I say so is this: The man does not believe in the Resurrection. He believes its a myth. Now I am no fundie (I told you earlier I was basically agnostic and confused), BUT I do see that the basic tenet of Christianity is that Christ died on the cross. If one wants to believe creation to be a myth, or symbolic thats great, but Spong has stated that he thinks Jesus was crucified, and never arose, except as an idea in his apostles heads. he wants to warp/change the Church to make it more inclusive. It seems to me God is what God is, not malleable to whatever fits nicely. Can you be Christian, and not accept the basic tenet of Christianity?

New Anglican

It sounds like it was a wonderful, blessed time. I'm glad you could there, and I'm grateful that you have shared your observations and thoughts with us. Peace.

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