Healing Suppers have the potential to be many things - a resistance to the constant pull of work, organizing, protesting and the stress of living with marginalization - by providing time to sit down, actually chew food, look into the face of others and share a time of rest and refueling. They can be an opportunity to build resilience by tanking up on nourishing conversation, healthy and delicious food, and making or solidifying relationships. And each of us knows that strong, dependable relationships, self-healing, and care for one another provide a critical layer of support during times of more extreme struggle. As we continue to move through a time of renewed public intolerance, a rapidly changing political landscape with real consequence and a need for stronger alternative networks, we need those relationships and the spaces that cultivate them more than ever.
In his new book, The Great Spiritual Migration, Brian argues that— notwithstanding the dire headlines about the demise of faith and drop in church attendance—Christian faith is not dying. Rather, it is embarking on a once-in-an-era spiritual shift. And that, for millions, the journey has already begun. Drawing from his work as global peacemaker, pastor, and public theologian, McLaren challenges readers to stop worrying, waiting, and indulging in nostalgia, and instead, to embrace the powerful new understandings that are reshaping the church. In The Great Spiritual Migration, he explores three profound shifts that define the change:
The Way Collective is beyond stoked to welcome acclaimed author, teacher, speaker, and podcaster Rob Bell for a special one-night-only intimate event at the Narrative Loft (right off the Funk Zone) in Santa Barbara. Rob will be working his midrashic magic with us for an evening of teaching and dialogue around his reflections on spirituality, culture, and Christianity in an ever-evolving world. Rob has always been a leading voice in the conversation around the future of faith, and we hope that you'll join us for what is sure to be a beauty-full experience!
Parables are a type of discourse that knock us off course and onto radically new ones. They tactically confront us with probing truths we might otherwise miss and reveal what lies beneath the surface. At turns funny, poignant, and shocking, they cut into us with surgical precision, reaching deep into the hidden recesses of our souls, operating on those parts of our being that more direct speech can't touch. Over the years, Peter has written dozens of parables and collected hundreds more, deploying them in both his books and public presentations. In this intimate event, he'll be offering some of his favorites along with some reflections and conversation.
In 1969, the devastating images of a massive oil spill from an oil platform off Santa Barbara’s coast galvanized California into action and caught the attention of the rest of the nation, including Senator Gaylord Nelson, founder of Earth Day, who visited Santa Barbara shortly after the spill. The resulting swell of outrage and concern gave rise to the first Earth Day in 1970, as well as to the creation of the Community Environmental Council – one of the most established environmental organizations in the region, and the host of Santa Barbara’s annual Earth Day Festival. The Way Collective is an annual exhibitor at the festival in order to support planetary compassion and environmental awareness among local communities of faith, as well as to join with our civic partners in promoting care for the Earth and sustainable living.
Tripp is just finishing up teaching a 4 week course on “Questions for the Believing Skeptic,” where he taught that the new postmodern situation is that we all hold both our beliefs and our skepticisms together. Whereas in the past, atheists and believers from separate camps would debate in the public sphere, today we often see hints of both schools of thought within the same person! Plus, as religion (especially Christianity) is changing all over the place, we need more conversations like this that help us stay tuned-in and promote more compassion!