You hear it all the time, how terrible the suburbs are; soulless, shallow and safe (yes, some people see safety as a negative, who knew!). Even Chesterton quipped, “I still hold. . .that the suburbs ought to be either glorified by romance and religion or else destroyed by fire from heaven, or even by firebrands from the earth.” While you may not share Chesterton’s opinion entirely, one should admit life in suburbia comes with its’ own dangers. Dangers that may, because of our familiarity with them, appear harmless but when seen in their true nature are found to be hideous. There are monsters lurking in our cul-de-sacs that want to nibble away at our souls; dangers like individualism, consumerism, selfishness, busyness, rootlessness, disinterest and hopelessness.
In this Sunday School class, we want to develop a desire to be fat souls, or to use the words of Chesterton, we want to be tempted toward a life of romance and religion amid our shared suburbia. We will discuss some of the practices we have formed as a church to help combat some of these enemies; practices like marking time, liturgical worship, community life, hospitality, feasts, and Fat Soul Fridays. We also want to look at practices that we, as individuals living in a community, can foster in order to nurture our souls and the souls of those around us.
Please join us this Sunday at 9:30 a.m. as we begin a series aimed at whetting our appetites for the true good life.