After enjoying a generous potluck meal, Companions gathered to sing and pray, and to discuss due consideration and ethical imagination.
This ‘seeing the other’ is not…
a matter of ‘identification,’ or ‘empathy,’
but a concrete imagining of the other side
which does not at the same time lose sight of one’s own.
~ Friedman, Martin Buber: The Life of Dialogue
During our March 8th meeting, we discussed what can be achieved by giving another due consideration. The group talked about the challenges of listening without making a decision (in advance) that the self is “right.”
We also explored the concept of ethical imagination.
- Identification (Sympathy) asks, “Have I felt what they’re feeling?”
- Empathy says, “If I were going through that, I’d… .”
- Imagination wonders, “What might it be like to be them, going through what they’re going through?
Bible verses Matthew 16:13-18 (NRSV) and 1 Corinthians 1:9-10 (NRSV) were read in unison.
Songs We Sung
Accompanied by guitar and drum, we sang:
- We Have Come at Christ’s Own Bidding
- All Are Welcome – lyrics by Marty Haugen
- Kyrie Eleison (Lord Have Mercy) – by Nick & Anita Haigh
Our ending prayer was from author J. Phillip Newell’s book, from Celtic Treasure.
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