Unsuspectingly, I made a phone call in 1975 that would be critical to how my life would unfold. After spending a summer wandering Europe, I arrived back in NYC and called my mother. She said, “Concordia’s holding a place for you. Do you want to go?”
“What and where is Concordia?” I asked. (It is a small liberal arts college in northern Minnesota.) After exploring how this had come about, I asked when they had to know. My mother told me that classes had already started and they needed to know now. I decided to sleep on it. The next morning, I called home and said I would go.
A lot of factors contributed to this decision. I had no plans for what would come next in my life. The relationship I had with my summer traveling companion had left me feeling disconnected and alone. I had some fuzzy idea that I wanted to study theatre, and it turned out it was my home community theatre director who had negotiated with the college to hold a spot for me. Any other choice in that moment would have taken my life in a completely different direction.
I’m a student of, though not a scholar of, process theology. I won’t burden you here with its philosophical roots (though they’re fascinating). There are many lenses through which to view process theology, but I offer this simple way to understand its basic tenets.
1. All-that-is is in a constant state of change, so much so that nothing is ever in a state of permanence.
2. How something changes is affected by its journey through time and space.
3. An entity is affected by both its own past and everything that it encounters in the current moment.
4. An entity is also affected, even guided, by what it determines to be of utmost worth. Some describe it as the ‘lure’ of god, or love, or beauty.
We are changed by our relationships, chosen or unchosen…to our dreams, to our mentors, to our friends, to this moment in time. What shall we make of that?
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