“Is it possible to know the Unknowable?
Is it possible for me personally to know the Unknowable?
Is it possible for me to personally know and nurture a conscious?relationship with the Unknowable Ultimate Reality?
– Amanda Storywarrior
For the past couple of years, my grandparents and I have met for?lunch just about every other week.? I bring falafel sandwiches?from a local restaurant, complete with ali geffen and baklava. ?Shirley and I stuff our faces and utter plenty of ?mmmms? while?Wendell talks as much as he likes.? We all cherish both the?falafels and our special date.
One of the gifts of these lunches is that my grandparents always?ask about my work.? I am a videographer and provide the video?you see on this website.? But often, I do not understand how to?do the work I am assigned to do!? My grandparents have been a sounding board for me as I process the stories I get to?illustrate.? It is still unbelievable to me that I can ask them about?this stuff – and they get it. ?Because they lived it!
My grandparents attended a series of lectures in the early 1960s?at the Ecumenical Institute of Chicago.? The messages were so?awakening, so earth shattering, that they picked up their family of?three children and moved from their safe suburban life into the?South Side ghetto of Chicago.? And they weren?t alone!?Hundreds of others made similar radical lifestyle choices as a?result of this encounter.? Families and individuals moved-in?together so that they could continue to do the work of the Order?Ecumenical and explore what it meant to know the unknowable.
The latest video assignment I was given, Life Journey #2- The?Ultimate Reality, is a re-statement of a lecture called ?The?Question of God? as well as ?The Bultmann Paper? seminar. ?Wendell and Shirley St. John attended these original lectures. ?They have now been instrumental in the rebirth of these?statements in visual form by serving as special advisors.
I often wonder about the question that Amanda Storywarrior?poses above, ?Why bother??
The Life Journey series is a personal journey.? It is an invitation?to YOU and to ME to go on a personal journey.? It will shake up?your insides, that?s the point.? Just as Wendell and Shirley and?so many others were shaken up by this message in the 60?s, this?video series seeks to provide that same JOLT!
There?s a hole in our societal institutions when it comes to?talking about, relating to and knowing the unknowable.? In this?moment in history, it is far too easy to ignore, deny, escape and?avoid the unknowable.? No one?s talking about the elephant in?the room or teaching us how to relate to it.? Our schools, our?institutions, our parents, teachers, ministers and mentors aren?t?doing it because they don?t know how.? The call to mystery has?been convoluted with human-centered moralism, sentimentalism and literalism.? The call to know the unknowable has been?ambushed by gimmicks and self-help feel-good happy horse?doodoo.
I?ve been looking my entire life?and everything has fallen?short – but not this.? Imagine my surprise after going on a quest?to know the unknowable, when I found the path had been laid?before my feet.? The journey was taken by my own kin before?me, when they made the choice to explore what it meant to know?the unknowable in their lives.
Life Journey #2 ? The Ultimate Reality is ready to engage. ?Over the next 6 weeks you will receive email notifications inviting?you to encounter each of the final six modules of The Ultimate?Reality exploring the practice of ??Knowing the Unknowable.?
Pope Francis has invited you and me to?consider approaching the world in the contemplative posture of Thomas?Merton.? As we attempt to find our way on this ?time between the myths,??personally and collectively, this posture represents a transformative option?for the human family.? The challenges of the environment, local and global?politics and economics, cultural conflict, military struggle, world hunger,?disease, human trafficking, immigration and 1000 other issues will only be?resolved as, solitary by solitary, the human family reestablishes its?connection with the Deep Place, the wellspring of all authentic truth, peace,?and hope.
Why bother?? Why take a journey to personally know and nurture?a conscious relationship with the Unknowable Ultimate Reality?
That’s a question each of us gets to pose for ourselves.
We invite you to ask the question, and see what shakes up in?your world!