|It is only
recently that we as humans have become aware of the 13.7 billion
year evolutionary process into which we were birthed. This awe-inspiring
drama of the New Universe Story grabbed Watershedians' imaginations
this past year as we read about, discussed and embodied the
amazing evolution of existence from the primordial flaring forth
to the emergence of human consciousness. Yet as we watched ourselves
being captured by the fascinating history of the universe, we
wondered how the new could fit with our familiar, sustaining
stories. This Spring/Summer 2004 edition, A Storied Universe,
is our attempt to understand and integrate the richness of earth's
history with the depth of our Christian tradition.
his annual retreat talk, Getting
the Cosmic Story Straight, Arthur Paul Patterson clarifies
the importance of granting dignity to all of the stories that inform
our lives: the cosmic story, the perennial story and our personal
• Cal Wiebe in A
World Shaped by Promise is assisted by John Haught’s
God After Darwin in understanding the accompanying role of
God in the evolution of our universe.
• John Mabry discusses the prophetic insight of a great mystic
and scientist in Cyberspace
and the Dream of Teilhard de Chardin.
• In Listening
for Future’s Call, a response to Greg Bear’s
novels, Darwin’s Radio and Darwin’s Children,
Lorna Derksen invites us to imagine the continuing and hopeful evolution
of human consciousness.
• Linda Tiessen Wiebe in Searching
It Out: Mystic Modernism looks at the history of learning
to understand the connections between science and mysticism in response
to Rudolph Steiner’s Mystics After Modernism.
• Bev Patterson and Linda Tiessen Wiebe describe how their love
of nature prompted wildly creative birthday parties in A
Jungle Party and An
• In Stargazing:
Inspiration for Reconnecting with the Spirit, Lyle Penner
recounts the evocative experience of gazing heavenward and finding
the mystery of God’s unfolding Love.
• Dave and Erik Berg and Lorna Derksen adapted Jennifer Morgan's
With A Bang as a slideshow for Fall, 2003 retreat.
• Lyle, Lydia and Joel Penner adapted Jennifer Morgan'sFrom
Lava To Life as a slideshow for our Fall, 2003 retreat.
• Lydia Penner reviews In
His Own Words, by Morrie Schwartz, in response to
our mythic movie pick for February 2004, Tuesdays with Morrie.