Have you ever wondered about God and the meaning of life, but kept your questions to yourself because you didn’t want to bring the party atmosphere down?
Have you ever seen those “Jesus is the answer” signs and bumper stickers and wondered if that phrase carried any more meaning than the answer “42” from Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Universe?
Have you ever felt like the only person with questions in a sea of people spouting trite, easy answers?
Have you ever looked up at the night sky and felt your own insignificance suffocating you?
Have you ever looked at the pile of dishes in your sink and wondered, “what’s the use?”
Have you ever wished you could express your faith to your unbelieving friends without fear of sounding dumb?
Have you ever wished you could express your doubt to your believing friends without fear of judgment?
We all wonder, and we all have questions.
The human tendency to query the universe is the foundation of Explore God, a 7-week-long, ecumenical, city-wide initiative encouraging people to have conversations about those deep questions, and it’s coming to Dallas/Ft. Worth this September.
Watch the videos below to find out more, and if you live in the DFW area, I highly recommend finding an Explore God discussion group to join. There’s a handy list of participating churches (including my own) on the Explore God website, and you can read about my experience with a similar group here.
Christine Hand Jones is a singer-songwriter, a professor of English and songwriting, and has served as a worship leader and church music director. She has a PhD in Literary Studies from the University of Texas at Dallas, which she earned, in large measure, by listening to the collected works of Bob Dylan and writing about what she heard. When she's not playing music or fascinating her students with stunning lectures over comma splices, Christine can be found drinking coffee, playing devoted cat mom to Desmond and Molly, and roaming the shelves of Half-Price Books. All views are solely those of the author and do not reflect any of her places of employment.