Summer Book Group
This summer we all have the opportunity to discuss, argue with, and ultimately learn from a wise spiritual teacher in Richard Rohr’s Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Of course, we’ll have the chance to listen to and learn from one another as well. The following is a portion of The Invitation to a Further Journey section:
“A journey into the second half of our own lives awaits us all. Not everybody goes there, even though all of us get older, and some of us get older than others. A “further journey” is a well-kept secret, for some reason. Many people do not even know there is one. There are too few who are aware of it, tell us about it, or know that it is different from the journey of the first half of life. So why should I try to light up the path a little? Why should I presume that I have anything to say here? And why should I write to people who are still on their first journey, and happily so? I am driven to write because after forty years as a Franciscan teacher, working in many settings, religions, countries, and institutions, I find that many, if not most, people and institutions remain stymied in the preoccupations of the first half of life. By that I mean that most people’s concerns remain those of establishing their personal (or superior) identity, creating various boundary markers for themselves, seeking security, and perhaps linking to what seem like significant people or projects. These tasks are good to some degree and even necessary. We are all trying to find what the Greek philosopher Archimedes called a “lever and a place to stand” so that we can move the world just a little bit. The world would be much worse off if we did not do this first and important task.
But, in my opinion, this first-half-of-life task is no more than finding the starting gate. It is merely the warm-up act, not the full journey. It is the raft but not the shore.”
If you are interested, please sign up using the form below, or at church.
I’ve ordered 10 books that will be here and available by Sunday, June 16, 2013. We’ll begin on Tuesday, June 25.