Solitonic Frustration and Fruit

September 14, 2005

Woo, Rob posted his Soliton pics, and so did Liz!

After an experiential first day, the second day was a little frustrating because it was all talk. It was all wonderful talk, mind you, and if you know me you know I love to gab about this way-of-Jesus stuff. But previous Solitons spoiled me and I was going bonkers to do, to feel, to draw and dance and sing. It felt odd that we didn’t have a single moment of music-wrapped art-worship.

Regina heads up worship at The Bridge and is one of my favorite worship leaders. But she was due with their second child any day, so it was touch-and-go whether she would even be there or not. Why didn’t they line up another worship leader? I don’t know. A couple neat things came from this lack though. …One is that it emphasized that this journey is more than darkness and candles and such — there are substantial theological shifts taking place. …The other is that I feel like I have copped out by going for my annual Soliton alt-worship fix; I get my drink and I’m mostly fine for another year. I need to get off my butt and start dreaming and engaging my own community.

So even though Day 2 was full of good conversation, I felt kind of bummed… until the San Jose contingent got back to the house and we started talking. Suddenly things began to click, as we dreamed together. I leaned over to Mike and said, “I have reached Soliton.”

Jon Reid

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As an American missionary kid who grew up in Japan, I'm a child of two cultures, while not fully belonging to either. This gives me a sightly different view of the world.

3 responses to Solitonic Frustration and Fruit

  1. Interesting to see what Soliton “looks” like. Fun to see pic’s of Mikey too! Tell him I see hello!

  2. Jon,
    I hear your frustrations about Soliton… as it was my first one, I was hoping for more experienctial learning but I was thrilled to see the folk who are really wrestling with what the emerging church will look like at the core rather than just the face… good stuff… and wonderful to meet you and the folk from your faith community