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Featured Article

Internalizing Wholeness


A season of transition and re-creation is upon us. Congregations are re-opening, discerning possibilities for re-opening, and discovering new ways to safely and effectively strengthen the practice of presence online and in person. COVID-19 positivity rates have declined in many places, and vaccination rates are growing. Students, parents, teachers, and administrators have completed an academic year that is without precedent. Graduates and loved ones pause to mark the completion of thousands of assignments, and moments for listening, and learning to build a foundation for the future. The National Convocation has been gathering on second Tuesdays to pray, and Fifth Sundays to give voice to what is true, and to reimagine the future. These processes and transitions, and the activities they inform are meaningful even if at times they proceed at a dizzying pace. Something, in fact many things, on the inside are working on the outside.

Sandhya Jha reflects on the process of internalization that informed Israel’s journey through the wilderness in Liberating Love. “One of my beloved children once said, “It didn’t take 40 years in the wilderness to get the Israelites out of Egypt; it took 40 years in the wilderness to get Egypt out of the Israelites.” Generations of people who were enslaved in Egypt had internalized messages about their value and capacity; it took many years and a generation living and dying in the wilderness for them to reconnect with the inner spark I had placed in them.” While Israel’s 40-year exodus was not a triumph of efficiency or a triumph of resistance, the biblical text provides a thorough account of a people in search of language, relational possibilities, ways of being community, and a way of practicing fidelity to God outside of Egypt. It reminded me of the legacy of the National Convocation in it’s quest to live out what it means to be fully human and fully Christian before and since the merger in 1969, and our commitment to wrestling with what we’ve internalized. What’s on the inside and yet working on the outside today?

“I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me,

To see the beauty in the world through my own eyes.

I am sitting here wanting memories to teach me,

To see the beauty in the world through my own eyes.

I think on the things that made me feel so wonderful when i was young. I think on the things that made me laugh, made me dance, made me sing. I think on the things that made me grow into a being full of pride. I think on these things, for they are true.”

           -----“Wanting Memories” by Sweet Honey in the Rock


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