Neighbours / LifeHouses / Conversation with Bayo, Vanessa & Stephen
Aha! Your quoting Ecclestone has made my day - and given me the kick up the backside needed to read your latest, which I recently took delivery of. Fascinated by the use of underused churches becoming lifehouses - I might spread that idea around my network, thanks.
I just wrote something similar in private to what is proposed in Lifehouse. It’s amazing how these places of worship and churches are everywhere and in our neighborhoods. I live two doors down from one myself. A tool library seems perfect. Charging stations, wonderful. Water purification center, marvelous! But I also hope they hold some core of what the church should have been doing all along and that is the men’s and women’s initiation work of Robert Bly, Michael Meade, Clarissa Pinkola Estes, Richard Rohr, Marion Woodman, Martin Shaw, Sophie Strand, etc. As it is a public good this work needs to be provided as close to free as possible.
My interpretation of Lifehouse was Art Church. Where the former congregations of these spiritual centers would also be turned into digital art galleries so that they would be a place of contemplation and inexpensively bring world class art into our less mobile local communities and not just in New York, Los Angeles, Paris, London, etc.
Thank you, I look forward to reading the rest of Adam’s piece and your new book when I can pry it away from my partner.
A little related something to throw into the mix.
Dougald, I have just re-read Chapter Five after an over-heated discussion about the place of science in our lives. Questioning science raises all kinds of existential anxieties. Your comment toward the end about science and human judgement put me in mind of Toulmin's Cosmopolis, in which he traces the origins of modern science to the desire for certainty in the face of religious conflicts of C17., and compares the new science with the humanist judgments of people like Montaigne. I have summarised his argument here: https://www.peterreason.net/wp-content/uploads/Handbook_Introduction.pdf. Toulmin, S. (1990). Cosmopolis: The hidden agenda of modernity. New York: Free Press.