But now we know that we are part of a living community of co-existing life on this planet, that we are partners in an eco-system that includes the animals we raise, the food we cultivate, the air we breathe, the stars that inspire us, and the landforms that hold us. We humans are cognitive, consciously creative beings. For better or for worse, we can bring ideas into action; we can rearrange relationships; and we can enter into evolving layers of consciousness.
Now that we are beginning to grasp our interconnectedness with all beings, on the earth, in the sea, in the air, and the stars, our worship style needs to evolve to reflect our new cosmology. While we can sing about the stars and pray for the future of our planet, if we are still sitting in rows facing forward, we are still embodying spirituality that reflects domination and power. One is the expert, the chosen one. The others listen and follow. Can our worship reflect our interconnectedness to all beings and our shared existence? Can we worship in a way in which each person is affirmed and leadership rises from members as needed? We need an outline. But do we need a script?
A circle comes to mind: People relating to each other as much as to the worship leaders. Sharing faith. Telling stories. Remembering the cosmos. Building relationships.
The universe creates through circles and relationships - spiraling orbits and connective energies. To align ourselves with divine intention for the universe, we need to align ourselves with its creating patterns and energies. We have lost that alignment and are making decisions based on a false sense of dominion over our earth and over our own nature. Our prayers spin out into the great beyond and are lost in the din of the universe.
The challenge for the church at this moment is to expand its focus beyond its own survival and to concern itself with the spiritual evolution of the human race and the entire planet as it relates to the ever expanding and creating cosmos. The present resurgence of spirituality is encouraging, but our spirituality by nature connected to more than one’s own soul. Just as our lives are part of a living interconnected community, our souls are all connected to each other and to the great Soul of Souls which fills, encompasses, connects, and divines the universe.
We are not alone. And this is good.
Rev. Dr. Gail Sofia Ransom,
November 16, 2011