317: “The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”
Day 317: Wednesday, January 27th, 2021
“The world is mud-luscious and puddle-wonderful.”
Rain, glorious rain last night and shimmering sun filled puddles this morning. Isn't it wonderful to be drenched one minute and sunfilled the next!
We are people who have waited, begged for the rain. Fire Season does that to us.
And so we rejoice to get out our umbrellas and walk with the droplets falling toward us, pounding us sometimes but it's all good because it's RAINING!
I started reading again waiting for the rain. Curled up with a book and a pot of tea. I have a feeling I'm not alone in this tribe of people who love rain. We're known as pluviophiles. If you’re in the pluviophile club, not only are you joyful when it rains, the chances are that you’re a more pleasant person the rest of the time as well. Here are seven reasons why people who enjoy the rain are happier in life:
1. We tune into our senses to more fully experience life
People who love rain bask in their experiences. They can describe the rain in vivid detail, from the mesmerizing pitter-patter sound, to the hypnotic way each drop magnifies and changes the scenery on the on the other side of the window pane. Pluviophiles appreciate the scent of a fresh storm and the delicious feel of water dripping down their skin. They even know the taste of fresh drops as they look upwards with arms outstretched and welcome a cool drink from the clouds.
2. We live in the moment
Happiness researcher, Dr. Matt Killingsworth, used a smartphone app called “Track Your Happiness” to have people report their level of happiness during specific activities in real time. What he found out was that there is a direct link between happiness and being completely present in whatever one is doing. What better way to get lost in the moment than playfully splashing through puddles?
3. We are more confident in ourselves
Let’s face it, if you’re an adult running around like a four-year-old in the rain, you probably don’t care a whole lot about what others think. People who love the rain are actually proud of it. They are the cool ones, and everyone who is inside being miserable is missing out. Even if a pluviophile’s hair gets wet and their makeup runs, they don’t care. They still look good.
4. We are more resilient during tough times
Pluviophiles understand very well that it takes a little rain to make the flowers grow. When things get a little rough in life, these are the people who will remind you that “this too shall pass.” In fact, they know that challenges are necessary to seize the best opportunities. You don’t get rainbows unless you also have rain.
5. We know how to keep things in perspective
A true rain lover would never dream of freaking out about the weather. It’s a few tiny raindrops, not a zombie apocalypse. Pluviophiles know how to look at the simple realities of life and put them in context. If you ever need someone to talk you off a ledge, go find someone who loves the rain. They will have you in your zen place in no time.
6. We can see beauty in sadness
Just as the rain brings a clean scent and new life, rain lovers also appreciate the cleansing renewal of a good cry. One of the pluviophiles favorite ways to spend a rainy day is snuggled up on the couch or in bed while watching a good tearjerker.
7. We have a keen sense of our own mortality
Nothing makes a person live life more fully like knowing how fleeting it can be. While they enjoy dancing between raindrops and singing every “rain” song they can think of, rain lovers can also be deeply introspective. A stormy day provides the perfect opportunity to contemplate life. As we look at swiftly moving clouds and wet leaves falling from trees, they think about our own passing days.
Rain lovers know the true meaning of the expression, “You only live once.”
Announcement #1 of 2:
Future Church Women Erased Presentations: Sign Up
FutureChurch will host multiple online presentations which will uncover the many ways women's leadership, witness, and ministries have been erased from our Church's Scriptures and Lectionary, historical record and memory, and communities. These sessions, featuring leading Scripture scholars and Church historians, will not only name and explore the history, but also put forth resources for correcting the record and telling the true story of women's central role in shaping and spreading Christianity from its beginnings to today.
Please use the registration form following the presentation descriptions to sign up to join us.
Women Erased: Women Icons of Christ
January 28, 2021 (Thursday) at 5:00 pm Pacific
Phyllis Zagano traces the history of ministry by women, especially those ordained as deacons. History teaches that women ministered in baptism, catechesis, altar service, spiritual direction, and confession, and anointed the sick, either as deacons or as lay persons. Women: Icons of Christ demonstrates how priestly clericalism effectively removed women’s leadership, voices, and official ministries from the life of the Church by eliminating women from sacramental ministry, altar service, and preaching.
The question, “Who can be an icon of Christ?” underlies the discussion. There seems to be a simple answer. We know from the revelation of Scripture that all Christians are equally human, all Christians are part of the Body of Christ. Yet, the Catholic Church both really and symbolically excludes half its members.
Women Erased: The Women of the Second Vatican Council
Tuesday, February 16, 2021 at 5:00 pm Pacific
Many Catholics are not aware that women were also invited as auditors and participants to the Second Vatican Council. Mary Luke Tobin, SL, who at that time was at the head of the Leadership Conference of Women Religious was a savvy participant who found her way into some of the council's drafting sessions. Other women influenced the documents as well, but more than anything, the presence of women at the third and fourth sessions was controversial for many of the prelates attending.
Sr. Maureen Sullivan will offer an overview of the experience and contributions of the women who attended the Second Vatican Council. Join us and find out which of the sixteen documents were influenced by Catholic women, as well as Catholic prelates and theologians
Announcement #2 of 2:
Christian Zionism* and White Supremacy:
Understanding the Connections
Online webinar via Zoom
Sunday, January 31 at 2:00 PM (Pacific)
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This interfaith, informational webinar is open to anyone wishing to learn about the theological underpinnings and political ramifications of Christian Zionism and what we can do to combat its reach.
At its core, Christian Zionism promotes biblical prophecy over democratic law and institutions. It is a belief among some Christians that the return of the Jews to the Holy Land and the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948 were in accordance with Bible prophecy. Some Christian Zionists believe that the gathering of the Jews in Israel is a prerequisite for the Second Coming of Jesus.
Christian Zionist organizations represent over 10 million members and constitute the largest pro-Israel lobby in the US. The ideology and politics of Christian Zionist organizations, such as James Hagee’s Christians United for Israel, are deeply entrenched in white nationalism, anti-Muslim racism, anti-Semitism, and other systems of oppression. In spite of the strong political influence of these organizations, they operate largely under the radar and receive little attention in the media.
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