The Sunday Salon–more than a beauty parlor?

We didn’t really know what to call this aspect of The Front Porch. For most Texans, salon conjures up an image of the “beauty parlour”, though its primary meaning has more to do with being a place to receive and entertain guests, or a periodic gathering of people who want to educate themselves through good conversation, or a gallery for showing beautiful art.

Actually, beauty parlour might fit, if we can get beyond the curlers and allow our real intent for the 6pm Sunday Salon to shine through: to dwell together in dialogue each Sunday evening with a diverse group of other people in a way that is, well, beautiful.

Truth be known, we want to create the time and space every Sunday at 6pm to give voice to what we think is an intrinsic human desire for…beauty!  It turns out to be very difficult, however, to talk about this without talking about things spiritual and even religious—things like hunger, brokenness, hope, faith, God, light, worship, and love.

We realize these are loaded subjects for many of us, which makes this an inherently risky enterprise.

But we think it’s worth trying to do, if only because we know there are enough folks out there who tire of the violence of the divisive monologue, or grieve the banality of much conventional religious expression, or who simply long, as philosopher David Bentley Hart describes it, for a beauty that “crosses every boundary… and so manifests the God who transcends every division—including that between the transcendent and the immanent” (The Beauty of the Infinite, p. 21).

How we do it remains to be seen. What we know for certain is we can’t do it alone.

So call it what you will: a postmodern worship service, an emergent/alternative Christian faith community, a place to explore the meaning of life with fellow questers, or whatever. We are calling it, for now, The Sunday Salon.

 

 

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