On the Table– October 17 through 23

img_4307Elections regularly produce anxiety, but this one even more than usual. Therapists report a sharp spike in business as people try to deal with their fears, and the APA recently published their official recommendations for dealing the the anxieties around the election. Indeed, the outcome of the election looks like the End of Days to many, and from all points of the political spectrum.

So what should we think about all of these dire doomsday predictions? In the midst of this storm, we are spending two Sundays looking at some of the apocalyptic literature contained in the Bible.

Last week, we surveyed several ways to approach this unusual literary genre, and we engaged a practice of non-anxious waiting. This week, we’ll continue with conversation around the purpose of apocalyptic literature, as well as the way it tries to shape us— not toward violence and destruction, but for confidence and compassion and kindness. And we will once again engage with a practice that will help us to put these ideas into action.

We hope you will bring your thoughts, your concerns, and even your angst when we meet at Jammin’ Java this Sunday morning at 10:15.

–Mike Stavlund