Co-improvisers of the Creation – Ann Pederson

“We need new rituals and stories to shape our self-understanding. The point of the doctrine of creation, however, is that God continually acts in and through us in new and amazing ways…”

This quote is from Ann Pederson’s book God, Creation, and All That Jazz:

Too often Christian tradition has explained the themes of God’s creation in static, ponderous categories. Not only did God create the world out of nothing; nothing new has happened since. It is as if God’s incarnation in creation and in the person of Jesus the Christ makes no new difference to us. We treat the contents of the faith like the stone tables handed to Moses on Mount Sinai–as unbreakable rules set in concrete. “In the beginning…” becomes the warrant for justifying the status quo, for preserving the “way it’s always been.”

god-creation-jazzCenturies can pass before the atrocities of on generation are changed by another. We no longer justify the slavery of people for our personal use, but in some traditions women are still not ordained because we have an investment in preserving tradition when change threatens the powers that rule. Simply preserving the past for its own sake can lead to domination. Tradition sanctions the unchanging, eternal truth that defend us from the ambiguity and flux of the world.

But we know that the world does not work that way. Sciences tell us that the world is changing rapidly, that we have developed from a complex, evolutionary history. Many of us will move several times to new locations, will hold different jobs, and will be in a variety of different relationships. Our personal experience tells us that our world demands new skills, new ways of thinking, though we doggedly try to live in the same old ways as if they were divinely ordered. Likewise, we need new rituals and stories to shape our self-understanding. The point of the doctrine of creation, however, is that God continually acts in and through us in new and amazing ways. God’s relationship to the world is alive and changing. We are created in God’s image, as co-improvisers of the creation. (pp. 5-6)

quoted on http://mysticalseeker.blogspot.co.nz/