Sunday, April 23rd, 5 PM
Resurrection as Change
Significant changes are occurring in the personal lives of some of the folks that gather in our monthly Pathways circle. Some changes are welcome, while some are not. It’s a mixed bag. It all reminds us, once again, of the only constant thing in our lives. It is the progressive changes that continue unabated, with whatever number of days we are each randomly accorded. Me included.
The latest Words & Ways Good Friday / Easter reflection (here) was a prelude to the topic to be explored at our next Pathways gathering: Sunday, April 23rd, 5 pm. Participants will be invited to reflect on the changes in their own lives; as John shares some of his own significant changes in his own thinking; particularly with regard to the loaded ‘R’ word (resurrection)!
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Location: Bennison Residence – 2311 Walnut Blvd. Walnut Creek
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Resurrection as Change
Resurrection isn’t about some kind of restoration or resuscitation of that which is dead and gone. Instead, it’s about now, and next, and only for the time being. It’s the reason all those different gospel accounts are really only about an empty tomb, not resurrection. It’s the absence of what once was, and is no more. And all the so-called post-resurrection stories are really only about how we might look again to see and hear the Galilean sage with open eyes and ears, and hearts and hands. He is flesh and blood no more, and never will be again. Let him go. Let it go.
You can read more of what this might mean in this latest commentary Here.
For more than four decades, John Bennison has been a pastor, preacher, teacher, trainer, carpenter, coffin builder, counselor, spiritual advisor, ethicist, writer and lyricist, musician and entertainer, assembly-line union worker, small business entrepreneur, residential real estate specialist, corporate cog and executive director of several non-profit organizations.
He’s authored eight publications on faith and values, and as an ordained minister served as a parish pastor over 25 years. He earned his Doctorate from Claremont School of Theology, as well as his BA degree in philosophy and religion from Lake Forest College.
John contributes his leadership experience as Executive Director and Lead Teacher at Pathways, as he writes the Words & Ways commentaries and blogs on The Christian Progressive, engaging others everywhere in meaningful dialogue. He also serves as the Director of the Mountain Shadow Film Society.
Meanwhile, John also continues to provide professional client services to buyers and sellers of residential real estate in the Bay Area area market (www.imaginecominghome.com).
Having raised two daughters, he resides with his spouse and golden retriever in Walnut Creek, California.