Mar  2011 21
The Journey is a Lesson

A few weekends ago I attended the Southwest Regional Conference of the American Academy of Religion (AAR). I go to these conferences because it opens up opportunities for conversation. In fact, one might argue that’s what the conference is all about; engaging in conversation with other theological scholars while getting glimpses into conversation that are occurring in other locations. It is precisely that, a theological conversation, that I’d like to share.  

I had the privilege of attending a presentation by Kwok Pui-Lan, president of AAR and professor of Christian Theology and Spirituality at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. She spoke about the “Quest for a Postcolonial Jesus.” For Kwok, a Postcolonial Jesus is a Jesus of transition. The life of Jesus, she suggested, was about in-betweenness, of journey. I relate to this because as a Master of Divinity student at PTS there are times that I feel I am on a perpetual educational journey with no end! Yet, is that so bad? There are times in which we hunger so badly for the end that we miss the beauty of the journey. We forget that the journey itself is a lesson and that we gain more from it than we do from arriving at the finish line. That, for me, is the beauty of deep spirituality—a journey of becoming that we travel simply for the sake of the journey. 

 

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