From Aug 21 – 24, 2014, Back to Eden Group gathered in various places throughout the Kelowna area during a beautiful Okanagan summer. Our Kelowna Gathering 2014. Barbecues, boating and blabbing were on the very unstructured agenda. We were even joined by Martin and Gayle Scott all the way from Spain via Skype. If you haven’t already, listen in on the conversation here.
Overall, we continue the tradition of August being a time for visiting one another face to face and connecting with each other in a deeper way than the electronic method via this site and Facebook. In early August, we visited Oregon to spend some time with our friends Chester, Kalia and Kaikoa and also Canyon before his trial. By now you are probably well aware of the subsequent great news of Canyon’s official declaration of innocence in late August. Our posts requesting prayer before his trial and announcement of the final verdict were wonderful experiences of the power of an online, believing community.
We’ve captured a few pictures throughout the month in the attached gallery.
Finally, we’ve always considered the fall a time of new beginnings and look forward to what is ahead. Many of us have significant breakthrough and advancement happening in their lives in the very near future. Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) occurs in September and perhaps that is the reason our clocks sense new things every fall. At Back to Eden Group we intend to continue to press forward into discovering new ways of expressing community outside of Christendom. In our view, it is not enough to simply point to the obvious issues and shortcomings of institutional or empire Christianity but rather to press forward to explore alternatives. While we love to study church history and honour those who have come before us who ran their race and left us their legacy, we must run for our prize in our own day. We continue to glean from their successes and shortcomings as will those who come after us. We, and others, have written extensively on how so many are abandoning institutional church but not Jesus. To find meaningful community in this transition it is important for these pioneers and explorers to connect and build relationship and we are passionate about this in a big way.
So, to those who we were able to connect with more deeply in August, hope you enjoyed it as much as we did… and to all – Happy New Year or Mazel tov!
John and Katherine Matthews