Glory and Rubbish is moving! I’ll be joining a few others at a new online location: This Great Mystery. This new site is something of an experiment – it’s a joint blog, with multiple contributors. (Would you like to be one? Check out the submissions page.)
The main theme of the blog is sacramental living – check out TGM’s opening post to find out what that means. But the main idea is expressed beautifully in this passage from Fr. Alexander Schmemann’s For the Life of the World:
“[The liturgy] is the journey of the Church into the dimension of the Kingdom … It is not an escape from the world, rather it is the arrival at a vantage point from which we can see more deeply into the reality of the world.” (p. 27)
In other words, the point of the Church is not simply to take us from this world to another, distant, ethereal one. Too often though, we draw a nice, neat line between our ‘spiritual lives’ and our work, social and leisure lives on the other. This is the kind of life that Schmemann used to call ‘schizophrenic’ – it fails to realise that the world itself is a sacrament (for more on this idea, see Schmemann’s essay ‘World As Sacrament‘). As Bavly Kost (a contributor to This Great Mystery), put it recently on his own blog:
“There is no separation in the life we are called to live within the body of Christ and the life we live for the world. There seems to be this preconceived notion that the sacrament is set out against, or existing outside the rest of life. There is a distinction between the sacred (sacraments) and profane (the world). This notion stands at odds with what Christ established as giving up our lives for the life of the world. The world has been sanctified by his death and resurrection. The idea of profane and sacred has been broken. All that we do and participate in has become sacramental.“
That’s the sentiment at the heart of This Great Mystery, and I’d like to think that it was always the sentiment at the heart of this blog too. Although the posts to be featured on This Great Mystery will deal with a wide-range of topics – from science, to popular culture, to music, to psychology, to literature – the point will always be to see how those ‘worldly’ things, those elements of creation, reveal and reflect Christ who lies at their centre.
So if that sentiment strikes a chord with you – if you think you or someone you know would like to be involved – please contact us! It doesn’t matter whether you’ve blogged before or not. There’s a full description of the sorts of things we’re looking for in the link.
See you soon on This Great Mystery!
PS: A big thank you to everyone who floated around Glory and Rubbish! It’s been a lot of fun, and I’ve made some really wonderful connections through it, for which I’m very thankful.
“… for in Him we live and move and have our being …” (Acts 17:28, from Epimenides’ Cretica)