August 24, 2014
Mark 12:18a, 24, 28-34
I love the metaphor of geese flying in formation. The V-formation conserves energy for the flock as the front goose breaks the headwind which makes flying easier for the rest. Moreover, geese honk as they fly. This is to encourage the lead goose to give all he/she has for a concentrated time after which the lead goose will drop back into the formation as another goose takes the point. By flying in formation and encouraging leadership by quacking geese can fly incredible distances without stopping. This is a graphic example of an 8th Day value: shared leadership.
As your lead goose for the next 30 minutes I want to guide us to work with a critical question for 8th Day and every other church in the Church of the Saviour tradition: how do we in this tradition conserve the understandings and commitment that gave us solid footing and at the same time adapt to a new situation? I would appreciate your honking from time to time if something I say touches you.