I missed a few Sundays lately for one reason or another. Today I went along again.
Today’s “reflection” (“sermon”) by Vlad Korotkov at South Sydney Uniting Church introduced me to a thinker I had never heard of before, not all that surprising as the number of thinkers in that category is probably legion: Slavoj Zizek. Being Russian and pomo, Vlad frequently expands our horizons, while managing to deliver a message the humblest can find something in as well.
I actually put to Vlad after the service Bruce’s question, also implied in this recent post, whether atheists would be welcome to help out in our church. I had told Bruce that I thought they already did, as people would be unlikely to ask what such a person actually believed. Turns out to have been the right answer, at least so far as South Sydney Uniting is concerned.
Today’s liturgy had some nice lines, as it often does.
sometimes we are so sure of ourselves,
and we judge others with closed hearts.
We push away those who are different,
even though they are part
of your good creation,
trying to force them to be like us,
as though only our culture
and our political position
is made in your image…
Sometimes, O God, we rush into decisions
because we are so anxious about ambiguities,
so afraid to acknowledge, even to ourselves,
that we may not know all there is to know
and that sometimes
there are no easy answers…
Then there are parts of our lives
which refuse to grow up.
We cling to childish learnings and perceptions,
finding them comforting in a complex world.
It is easier to close off new possibilities
and stay with our black and white views of life…