Convivium seems a fitting name for our gatherings as we seek to live a shared life of community, growing always more aware of our connection in Christ...

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SUNDAY SCHOOL DESCRIPTION

9:15-10:15am,  sundays,  in the ark (behind kitchen)

A conversation-based class for 20/30-somethings (and other critical-thinking questioners) who are interested in exploring ways that faith and spirituality can practically shape our everyday lives. Topics of conversation will vary––including but not limited to: art, science, current events, social issues, spiritual practices, history, theology, etc. Podcasts, TED Talks, videos, articles, and personal stories will often help to generate discussion.

 

Coffee & breakfast snacks will be available. (Because mornings are just better with these things, right?)

what does convivium mean?

The Latin word “convivium” means a feast, banquet, or party. It is formed by the combination of the prefix con (or com) signifying “with”, (or “together”, “altogether”) and the verb vivere meaning “to live”…

More fundamentally, then, convivere means “to live together” or “to share life”. More broadly, by its association with feasting, festivity, and partying, it means a gathering for the purposes of celebrating shared life. The “convivator” was the congenial host or master of ceremonies. The “conviva” (or convivae in the plural) was the guest, invitee, celebrant, or table companion. All these associations and the ideal of conviviality figure prominently in early Christian literature as also the ideal of human society and of common life, with Jesus serving or conducting as convivator. As the Celtic “Lord of the Dance” Jesus is also represented in this way — as convivator.

Conviviality, and society as a Convivium, is likewise the theme of the very impressive and festive short poem by…Rumi:

Come, come, whoever you are.
Wonderer, worshipper, lover of leaving.
It doesn’t matter.
Ours is not a caravan of despair.
Come, even if you have broken your vow a thousand times
Come, yet again, come, come.

 

(An excerpt from Scott Preston at https://longsworde.wordpress.com/2011/10/15/the-convivium/ )