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One of my many theological goals for 2017 is to finish a draft of the following book, Eukarysmatic (Ring of Bright Water, 2018). This book, and in fact this title, are an attempt to share my main theological passion at the moment: the idea that you can have the best of both worlds, plants and animals, mitosis and meiosis, sexual and asexual reproduction, the cellular and the spiritual.

There are a number of things that distinguish we Eukarysmatics from the less spiritually developed Prokarysmatics:

We like repetition or predictability, where the same set of words is used every week, because this is like the predictable behaviour of organelles.
We like things that make it harder for visitors to participate, because visitors are like a virus, that can infect the body.
We like the idea of the minister telling the congregation to do something, and then all of them having to do it, because this is the natural order of things.
We like it when the rite of worship (or meeting plan) cuts across what we are doing and tells us we need to move on to the next bit, at the same time every week, because it reminds us of the relentless energy production of mitochondria.
We like routine, because it is like photosynthesis.
We like setting aside regular chunks of time to do something that isn’t singing or preaching, and we like the sense of compulsion that comes with it, because a cell has to do what a cell has to do.

Eukarysmatics are the true kernal of the church (εὖ “true”, κάρυον “kernel”), and won’t be distracted from our call and purpose. Sometimes we are accused of being a bit religious, formal, stuffy, inauthentic – tedious even. But that’s life – eukarysmatic life!


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