Besides joining in with Linda’s One-Liner Wednesdays, my other Wednesday staple is facilitating a spirituality study group at my church. For the last decade at least, this group has been all women – with me, at 54, the youngest in attendance.
Today, a young man joined us.
He is about the age of my daughters, in his twenties, which makes him the age of some of the grandchildren of the other women.
It’s going to be an adjustment. Part of it is the gender difference. Part of it is the age difference. The biggest adjustment, though, is that most of the women in this class have been studying and pondering spiritual topics for decades and have a lot of background and experience with different authors’ perspective. Even for us, Richard Rohr, whose book Immortal Diamond we are currently studying, is sometimes difficult to grasp at first hearing, as the concepts are so deep and rich. It must be daunting to be thrown into the midst of the book with no preparation.
I will have to contemplate how best to offer background and explanations.
If the poor man is brave enough to return next week…