Living Hope Community Church meets at Ironwood Elementary School, and to enter, you must pass through a small gated courtyard before you reach the doors to the worship space.
Every Sunday we are able to come to our church space, pass through the gates, enter through the door, and participate in the worship service. There are no requirements, no check points, no guards at the door who require you to prove your worthiness to enter. You are not restricted by your age, your gender, your education, your finances or your past. You aren’t stopped because of who your parents are or were. You don’t have to present papers, or pay to enter. You are welcomed in freely.
But what if that weren’t the case? What if you showed up and there were chains on the gate? What if, suddenly, you were made to enter though a side door, and wait for the chance that you might (or might not) be allowed to enter? What if someone or something owned you, and you weren’t free to worship how or where or when you wanted, because the one who owned you had forbidden it?
This week, the Fuller Company will present our third-ever full-length production, Proof, written by David Auburn, for our winter offering to the Fuller community. Proof centers around 25 year-old Catherine, who has spent the last several years caring for her father, Robert; a brilliant and famous mathematician who has become mentally unstable. The play opens on the eve of her birthday, and we begin to discover what caring for her father has cost her—and it is certainly more than her social life. Catherine is subjected to intrusions that she would not choose for herself, including the persistent presence of her father’s protégé Hal—who is looking for evidence of Robert’s brilliant mind in the pages of the 103 notebooks that he filled over the course of his illness. Add to this the steam-rolling arrival of Catherine’s estranged sister, Claire, and we are quickly thrust into a world that many Fuller students might find uncomfortably familiar.
I am happy to announce that I am in the development stages of my thesis project for my degree program at Fuller Theological seminary. This page will be a cornerstone of that thesis project.
So, what is it you ask?
When writers Brit Marling and Mike Cahill began working on ideas for a screenplay, they started with a simple question, what would it be like to meet yourself? They But while the idea was intriguing, it wasn’t enough to build a film. They pushed further: What is the one thing that you would want from that encounter with your other self? They answer they came up with is perhaps the hardest thing: Forgiveness.
Although categorized as science fiction, Another Earth refrains from excessive special effects or plot lines that test one’s tolerance of the fantastic. Instead, it is the simple story of a young girl who has to face the consequences of a devastatingly simple mistake. Continue reading “Sundance Pick: Another Earth”
Have you reached the “certain age” where you still consider yourself young and hip, but things cross your mind or come out of your mouth that you never expected — at least not while you were still young and hip? I’ve begun to collect some as they occur to my friends and me. Here’s what we have so far:
- while walking down the sidewalk you happen to notice a man, and think to yourself, “He’s attractive”. Then you notice his bald-spot. Then you realize that noticing his bald spot has had no effect on your initial assessment. You still find him attractive. Continue reading “Surprises at a "certain age"”
There’s a New Age guru following me on twitter.
When I discovered this, I actually laughed out loud. Not that his beliefs are funny to me; but simply, I didn’t see that one coming. Somehow this person found me and decided that there was some kind of value or benefit even, in clicking the follow button on my profile. There’s a myriad of reasons he could have done this, many of which have nothing to do with who I am, or what I’ve been saying on the internet–so I’m not going to be so arrogant as to think that I am going to be the key to some profound things in his life via my excellent tweets. Continue reading “Who are you attracting?”
You may remember a few months ago I posted some questions for your consideration. This week, as we went around the group to introduce ourselves to one another, I couldn’t help but really stand on that leg for a moment. I want to know what the questions are, specifically for people who are in my position, or positions similar to mine. What are we dealing with? Struggling with? What have we learned the hard way, and what were we graced to know without having to pay a costly price to learn? Continue reading “Questions from NYC ala Brehm Center”