just back from the second (of five) [spirituality weekends this year][spirit] at [schloss schwanberg] — a dense, challenging and very productive weekend. i experience it as quite liberating to learn and work together with christians from all confessions (catholic to lutheran to methodist to baptist)! puts a lot of our confessional bickering into perspective…
[schloss schwanberg]: http://www.schwanberg.de/
when i made the decision to apply for this education my wish was to get out of my personal belief comfort zone, to be challenged belief-wise, and to intensify the relationship with god — it’s turning out to be all of that and more! i usually try to maintain my privacy and become uncomfortable when people get too close — sometimes i wish it weren’t so, but that’s the way i am, i guess — and i also try not to “violate” the privacy sphere of those i work with or encounter (yeah, good old [kant]). participating in the [sacrament of washing the feet] of my co-learners was, thus, quite a challenge for me — which i eventually decided to take on (and, no, i didn’t have to do this, there really is no peer pressure, others in our course did not participate and that was accepted as well — it’s a rather open and non-pressurized learning environment). it is a humbling experience — both to be the receiver as well as being the giver of that sacrament, but it’s also a liberating experience.
[sacrament of washing the feet]: http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=John%2013:1-17;&version=31;
a good weekend — i’m looking forward to the next one.