Synchronicity: Thinking (and Speaking) Together

I wrote a couple of days ago how about how closely Richard Sipe’s comments (quoted at the Wild Reed) on sexuality and the church, on the sensus fidelium, and the hierarchy, so closely matched the conclusions I was reaching myself.  What I didn’t know at the time,  was that William Lindsey posted a comment at the Wild Reed immediately after my own with almost identical thoughts on the comments thread. Bill, like me, also wrote about this in his own blog, drawing attention to the “synchronicity” involved:  Colleen Kochivar – Baker too had been writing along similar lines. Since then, Bill has written again about the synchronicities involved.

“Synchronicity” is a word I have been using a lot lately, especially in private correspondence with Bill Lindsey.  There have been several occasions where one or other of us have been wanting to write on a particular topic, but have been slow to do so:  then found the other has written something  almost identical.  As illustration, the story of the South African athlete is one example.  As a South African travelling in that country as the news broke of rumoured gender test results, I was thinking of writing, but stalled as I wondered if it was strictly relevant to this blog .  No sooner had I decided to put something together, than I found that Bill had written a post with almost identical thoughts to my own, so I left the topic alone, except for a comment at Bilgrimage.   There have also been other examples.

“Synchronicity” is a word carefully chosen, in clear distinction to “co-incidence”.  In strictly temporal terms, they mean much the same thing, but “co-incidence” implies an occurrence due purely to chance.  “Synchronicity” has no such connotation, and suggests instead at least the possibility of some linking causality- such as (perhaps) the influence of the Holy Spirit.

There has been another synchronicity operating recently, which I would now like to share with you.  Bill Lindsey, Colleen Kochivar-Baker and I have found that  we have all been thinking (originally, independently), about pooling our resources to create some form of shared, collaborative blog, beginning to create a united progressive voice in response to the right-wing who claim (incorrectly) to speak for majority Catholic opinion.

We have begun sharing ideas, and although it is still very early days, we have  reached provisional consensus on some important basic issues. This  will not replace, but complement, existing blogs.  Each of us will retain our present personal sites, but will cross-post pieces that seem either particularly good, or especially appropriate to a shared space. We see this as a place to articulate progressive, primarily (but not exclusively) Catholic perspectives and will include contributions from a range of countries, for an international perspective.  In addition to the three of us who have begun the discussion, we hope that other existing bloggers will join the venture.  I also hope that some of the regular readers, who frequently post useful and insightful contributions as extended comments, my feel ready to provide occasional independent contributions of their own, without taking on the burden of maintaining a full blog.

John McNeill, the noted theologian, psychotherapist and writer, has noted before a belief that we may now be in a “Kairos” moment, i.e. a “time ripe for change”, with the Holy Spirit preparing to renew the church through its people.  Several other writers have noted signs of renewal coming from the people of the church, if not yet from the palaces of power.  Central to the concept of the Kairos moment though,  must be a recognition that the Holy Spirit does not achieve these breakthroughs alone: she needs the co-operation of us, the people.

I believe that this is one small way in which we can assist in this moment.  Anybody else out there want to participate?

2 Responses to “Synchronicity: Thinking (and Speaking) Together”

  1. Jayden Cameron Says:

    I would certainly be very supportive of such a venture and would do my best to contribute. Have been following the discussions on synchronicity (and the Arian heresy) with keen interest. A bit knackered at the moment after an all night vigil at Stara Boleslav, which was such a profound experience of ‘church’.

    • queeringthechurch Says:

      Not a bit surprised, Jayden, that you should be knackered, after all the great work you’ve been doing on Ratzi & the Gorgeous George. I agree that we can be cynical as all hell about the Prague infant, about the papal pomp and ceremony, or about Marian sites – but there can be a clear and unmistakeable aura on the spot that is not so easily dismissed. Your comments strike a fine balance. I was also moved by your observations on Huss, which leaves me asking the question, was he 500/ 600 years ahead of his time – or is the Vatican that far behind ours? (Excuse me for making these remarks here, and not at the proper place, Mystic Gay, but I’m also knackered after an overnight flight from Johannesburg via Paris – and still not home (I;m doing this from daughter’s home near Heathrow, before heading down to Surrey.)

      Thanks for the encouragement on the joint venture: we will certainly keep you in the loop. I would be equally interested to ehar from any other takers – or write to Bill Lindsey or Colleen Kochivar-Baker

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