If We Were Having Coffee #24

Welcome! I’m so glad to have you join me for coffee — I have to admit, I’m a bit worn out.  I’ve been moving this weekend, and it’s exhausting! Friends have helped, and I’m now in the midst of unpacking and trying to figure out the right spaces for everything.

It’s been a strange week.  The news of two different deaths had a bit of an impact one.  Jaysinh Birje-Patil (we all just called him Birje) was one of my professors when I was in college.  I didn’t have a lot of classes with him, but he taught a class about the Holocaust and the Language of Genocide that I remember well.  I’d been interested in Holocaust studies for a long time, and it was the first time that I was introduced to more theory, books outside of the personal stories.  Some of the texts that he had me look at in that class still hold a place on my shelf over a decade later.

The other was Marcus Borg, a theologian whose work really helped me develop a deeper understanding of the ways that one could be Christian.  I got to go hear him speak once, and was so impressed by him.  His book “The God We Never Knew,” factored into the paper I wrote exploring my understanding of the concept of God — especially in his explanation of panentheism (not to be confused with pantheism) as an understanding that “…God is more than everything, even as God is present everywhere.  God is all around us and within us, and we are within God.” (The God We Never Knew. HarperOne, Kindle Edition, 2009. Page 32).  He also spoke about mystical experiences in a way that resonated with me.

If you were the type to engage in theological conversations, I’d probably continue on.  I’d ask your thoughts, I’d pull out my Kindle and the books I have by him and we could delve into a deeper conversation on some of the things he had to say.

But I know some people have absolutely no interest in such conversations so, if we were having coffee I’d ease to talking about something else.

I’d also want to share that I’ve decided to turn Taliana’s Blog-Party’s into a regular feature.  I even put together a page about it! I’d ask if you were interested in participating in April, since I have some ideas already and would love to do more collaborative work with it.

It’ll be time for me to get back to setting things up soon, but I’ve got time to hear some about what you’ve been up to this week.  Are you looking forward to anything in the week to come?

The If We Were Having Coffee posts is a fun feature that I encountered some time ago.  Now Part Time Monster hosts a weekly Coffee Post Linkup.  Check it out, visit other bloggers coffee posts, and add your own!

15 thoughts on “If We Were Having Coffee #24

  1. I understand how it is to hear of the passing of someone that was influential in your formative stages. I remember hearing about the death of one of my most beloved college instructors one day while on vacation. I had the TV on while trying to rest in the afternoon (I was pregnant at the time) and all of the sudden I heard my professor’s name and sat up in time to hear that he had died. Quite a shock.

    I don’t envy you having to unpack and situate everything. I really dislike doing that. Just tonight I have been reorganizing my pantry and my spices after putting in some new organizers and a spice rack. I know I’ll love the results when I am done but it’s the “getting done” that I really could do without.

    I hope you week goes well and that you are able to unpack as quickly as possible!


    1. Thanks for the well wishes.. I kind of love unpacking, because it’s a chance to reorganize and be creative (because.. there’s a lot of stuff to find homes for, in not a whole lot of space). Though, easier to do if I had the funds to buy the things I want to give everything a home (next month… that’s next month’s extra expenses!)


  2. Sweet! I was hoping to become a regular guest at Taliana’s. 🙂 Also, would it be weird to have that coffee and chat over email with you? I am quite interested in those sorts of discussions.


  3. Glad you stopped by again this week!

    Moving is really a pain in the ass. We’re thinking of moving to a different part of the city in a few months, and I am not thrilled about the idea of packing everything up and moving.


  4. Losing someone who has made such an impression on you can be tough. I’m sorry for your loss. And packing/unpacking … hate it. lol. I’m pretty sure I still have a couple of boxes that haven’t been unpacked when I moved a few months ago. Taliana’s Party sounds interesting. Hope I can catch up on what’s it about and be able to join in. 🙂


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