Friday, May 22, 2015

who needs Tahiti?

Twelve of us have gathered for theological reflection for four years in the great tradition known as EfM. The letters stand for Education for Ministry, a theological studies program that began 40 years ago and is today administered through the seminary at The University of the South. The premise is that we are all ministers, our lives being our ministry. Besides the soul friends and an impressive-looking certificate, the most important gift I've received is a sense of intentionality around what I do and the desire to align it to my faith.

My favorite moments each week happened when we created a metaphor for the stories shared and then explored the metaphor around a theological model. An all-time favorite was "Who needs Tahiti," which captured the kind of moment in which it seems life just can't get any better and you don't need a single other thing in the world to feel happy and complete. We had a beautiful brunch last week and my fellow fourth-year graduates and I placed one of these vases at each setting. It was a faith and intention-laced, Tahiti kind of morning that I'll return to again and again in my heart. Just like EfM.    

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