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A Community of Outcasts

This week Jay gives his talk from Belfast, Northern Ireland. While spending time there, Jay reflects on experiences he’s gathered while talking with friends about the political history in Ireland and the parallels Jay is seeing in America and in the Church. He discusses the dangerous trap we often fall in when we get too tied up and blinded by our own causes that we scapegoat the other. How this could lead us to being incapable of having conversations, especially if they question our causes. The Church is not a building or a place, but a gathering and collection of people, but being part of a community is always messy. Are we willing to “put our identity to death” if it starts to block the growth of our community? Can we look past our own pain so we can see the pain in each other? Jay uses Jesus’ disciples as an example of how we are called to love our enemies and work with them in order to see past our own issues and ideologies. We see this theme echoed by Paul in his letter to the Galatians. And in a running theme of Revolution, Jay discusses living in the lack and the importance of being able to see opposites views and how they can often come together to move to a Truth that is above truth.


This talk was given on Oct 17, 2021 in Belfast, Northern Ireland.


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