Everyone knows that our souls dwell within our bodies. The more Platonic of us might even say our body is a necessary, flawed vessel that carries our thoughts and houses our spirit. And of course, after we make our way through this physical life, down here, we will be freed to live, up there, in heaven. Right? What if… what if all of these notions are wrong? In September 2018, we talked about getting to know our bodies and this body of creation in a new way, in a Christian way, that brings new meaning and power to the dust and skin we find ourselves in. Sound strange? Through our discussions and practices we worked to mold this strange way of thinking and being into a fuller, more grounded and emBODYed faith.
Books to Accompany This Series
As a follow-up to the sermons in our series, we invite you to check out the following books:
Gross Anatomy by Mara Altman
What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Boys by Lynda Madaras
What’s Happening to My Body? Book for Girls by Lynda Madaras
The Body Keeps the Score: Brain, Mind, and Body in the Healing of Trauma by Bessel van der Kolk M.D.
Making Peace with the Land: God’s Call to Reconcile with Creation by Fred Bahnson and Norman Wirzba
Good Food: Grounded Practical Theology by Jennifer Ayres
On Our Way: Christian Practices for Living a Whole Life ed. by Dorothy Bass and Susan R. Briehl
Claiming the Spirit Within: A Source Book of Women’s Poetry ed. Marilyn Sewell