Weaving the world we dream about…
Last summer, as Covid19 cases across the world multiplied exponentially, and millions of acres of land burned out west, with the protests over the killing of George Floyd still fresh in everyone’s minds, and the prospect of a caustic election season ahead, Rev. Gy and the Sunday Services team chose ’Revolution’ as the over-arching theme for the year. And so, we embarked on a year focused on transformation and change.
As Rev. Gy and the Sunday Services Team gathered this spring to make plans for the 2021-2022 church year the question arose, “What should follow a Revolution?” As Joseph Campbell reminds us, “Revolution doesn’t have to do with smashing something, it has to do with bringing something forth.” How could we take the disparate strands of last year’s learning and use them to bring forth something meaningful? A loom recently set up at the Calme’s farm inspired the perfect metaphor, TAPESTRY.
According to Wikipedia, a tapestry is a form of textile art traditionally woven by hand on a loom. During the heyday of the art form in the Middle Ages and Renaissance, weavers produced massive, richly-hued, intricately designed tapestries in which every figure, color, and symbol told a story. What better way to incorporate all we learned during our revolutionary year—from anti-racism and sustainability to self-care and resilience—than to weave it all together to create a Beloved Community which benefits us all?
Strong cords known as WARP give a tapestry its strength. The warp provides the framework that determines the fabric’s integrity. Although almost completely hidden from view, the warp is essential to the fabric’s wholeness. The beautiful strands that meander in and out of the warp are called the WEFT. The weft provides color, texture, luminosity, and interest to the cloth.
Rev. Gy and the Sunday Services Team have dreamed up an amazing Calendar of Themes 2021-2022. They hope these themes will provide ample warp and weft to help you do the work of transforming yourself and the world as together we weave a beautiful and strong Tapestry of Life.