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Wellness and Christianity

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What is the relationship between Wellness and Christianity? What does California have to do with Jerusalem? In this presentation we think about the similarities and differences, and consider how we might integrate wellness with our faith, without identifying the one with the other.
I blogged about this whole area here: https://alisterpate.com/2017/05/15/the-kathleen-syme-centre-has-no-bible/

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Wellness and Christianity

  1. 1. Wellness and Christianit y
  2. 2. John 6: 22-26
  3. 3. The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone.
  4. 4. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks.
  5. 5. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus.
  6. 6. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’
  7. 7. Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves.
  8. 8. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’
  9. 9. Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’
  10. 10. Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’
  11. 11. What Does the Passage Say? • Setting • Characters • Place in the Gospel • Parallels in other Gospels
  12. 12. The next day the crowd that had stayed on the other side of the lake saw that there had been only one boat there. They also saw that Jesus had not got into the boat with his disciples, but that his disciples had gone away alone. Then some boats from Tiberias came near the place where they had eaten the bread after the Lord had given thanks. So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the lake, they said to him, ‘Rabbi, when did you come here?’ Jesus answered them, ‘Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. For it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.’ Then they said to him, ‘What must we do to perform the works of God?’ Jesus answered them, ‘This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.’
  13. 13. What Does it Mean?
  14. 14. What does “bread” stand for in the passage? Symbol of Bread
  15. 15. Cultural Values • What are the basic values of our culture? • If you were trying to explain how Australian society works to someone from Mars, what would you say? • What do people think they are doing every day of the week? (What’s going on as opposed to what’s happening.)
  16. 16. Telos What purpose does Human life have? Is it directed to a telos, and if so, what is it?
  17. 17. The Role of Wellness
  18. 18. An Enlightenment Credo “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness” USA Declaration of Independence, 1788
  19. 19. Question What does “pursuit of happiness” mean? What are they getting at? Why choose “happiness”?
  20. 20. Secularism Originally meant neutrality between competing creeds and philosophies of life.
  21. 21. Something We Can All Agree On? If we can’t agree on competing creeds, then what can we agree on?
  22. 22. A Possible Slogan for a Church? “Refresh through Christian Spirituality” – Solace c. 2010 • What’s good about this idea? • What problems does it have?
  23. 23. Faith and Secularity Christianity Wellness Mindfulness Physical Activity Culture Healthy Diet Yoga
  24. 24. Why is This Problematic for Faith?What values are encoded in this way of seeing things?
  25. 25. Ordering Principle Perhaps the solution is for Christianity to be seen as an ordering principle. There’s nothing wrong with health, wealth, or happiness – but what is the purpose of it? What does it serve?
  26. 26. What Does It Mean For Me?
  27. 27. Question • What is the organising principle for my life? • What would it look like to organise my life around “believing in him who he has sent”
  28. 28. Christlikeness What would it look like to be “Christ-like”?
  29. 29. Go in peace; may you carry God’s Wisdom, speak forth God’s Word, and embody God’s Presence wherever you are. In the name of Christ. Amen.
  30. 30. Blessing The grace of Christ attend you; the love of God surround you; the Holy Spirit keep you; this day and for ever. Amen.

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