Yaz emailed some fantastically bizarre thoughts on my sense of home. Hope you don't mind me repeating them Yaz...they are so good. I return to Plymouth briefly over the next two days on the way to my holidays in France...so I thought they were pertinent.
Now, those exciting thoughts... I was reading observer (like a good lefty) yesterday and this article on stonehenge (www.observer.guardian.co.uk/uk_news/story/0,6903,1535032,00.html) talked about a 4000 yr old grave that was dug up there. it said... 'But his teeth provided the real surprise. Tests on their enamel, formed in early childhood and which contains telltale chemical signatures from local soil and rocks, showed the archer came from the Alps while the ornaments found in his grave were traced to Spain and France.' What got me thinking of you was your plymouth stuff and the sense of connection to place that was home in childhood. I was so excited that the rocks and soil of a place might become part of you, physically contributing to who you are. And then when you think about how one might feel connected to a place... That it might be part of you and you might be part of it.. it's wierd isn't it? I like the idea that the physical might give us some understanding of the spiritual, and then as your thoughts went on the theological.
I think this might be a bit too Matthew Fox connectedness for me. But I have heard of this theory via archaeology stuff as well - the idea that you can tell where someone grew up because of the isotopes in their bones! Love it.
Just to let people know I am away now for a couple of weeks in France - holidays first and then at the Spring Harvest Campsite at Le Pas Opton speaking on Parables and things...looking forward to it so much! God bless and have a good couple of weeks - keep safe!
p.s. When I get back, I promise to post more on the New Testament than on Emerging Church and Culture issues, honest!