ASSOCIATES’ WORK/STUDY WEEK 2018
Crossing Jordan: Baptism as holy inhabiting
with Michael Thompson
OVER THE COURSE OF THIS WEEK, we will inhabit scripture, especially as it relates to the repeated function of the Jordan River as a boundary across which people move in order to participate fully in God’s purpose.
And we will reflect in particular on the baptismal proclamation of John, on the embrace of that proclamation by the crowds and by Jesus, and on the ways in which all that might help us reflect on baptism as a communal Christian practice.
Using Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky’s concept of the “availability heuristic” (or “availability bias”) we will explore together how centuries of writing, song, and visual arts may have prevented us from seeing the connections that scripture itself makes among John’s proclamation, Jesus’ baptism, and a recurring theme of broken and restored relationships among people, the Land, and God.
And we will take time to wonder if these themes can help us understand how God invites us to join in longing for – and working for – right relationships among people in this land.
What Jordan do we need to cross in order to inhabit the land in a good way?
MICHAEL THOMPSON is a priest, partner, parent, and neighbour who delights in the heartbeat of the Holy as it moves through persons, households, and communities. He believes that scripture is a vehicle by which God is at work to change our hearts by changing our stories.
Michael has worked in parish ministry, in the university setting, as Principal Secretary in support of the ministry of Archbishop Michael Peers, as General Secretary and in support of the ministries of the General Synod.
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