Slay the Dragon of Separation

“It is possible that mankind is on the threshold of a golden age; but, if so, it will be necessary first to slay the dragon that guards the door, and this dragon is religion.” ~Bertrand Russell

Dear friends,
Religion is one of the ways we separate ourselves into groups — but certainly not thepeace only one. We also use politics, nationality and many other things to fit people into neat boxes. But it seems like our task is to figure out a way to both connect to a group and leave spaces in our connections so we see the big picture. That picture of course is that we are all connected and it is our belief in our separateness that causes our suffering. I see that suffering on the faces of many friends who are feeling abandoned by the Methodist Church today and struggling with the questions of how to belong — how to slay the dragon of separation. Bertrand Russell also said that “Extreme hopes are born from extreme misery”. Just like the hope for spring in the midst of winter, may my Methodist friends find their way to the threshold of that golden age of connection and belonging…Betsy