What voyager saw


Twice, before I left St. Andrew United Church of Christ to move to Northport Michigan and begin my work at Trinity Church of the United Church of Christ, renowned theologian and author, Matthew Fox, visited.  He talked with more than 200 people both times we gathered to learn from him.  Members of Mary Mother of Jesus Inclusive Catholic Community http://www.marymotherofjesus.org (MMOJ), St. Andrew UCC  http://www.uccstandrew.org, and a much broader community of the faithful attended.

Matthew was electric in his energy.  He said those of us in Sarasota County and beyond “needed to move from thinking of ourselves as retired and begin to conceive of ourselves as re-fired and re-wired.”  The world needs your wisdom, your enthusiasm, your faith, your prayer, your song, your art, your march, your eyes and hands of compassion, your mentoring said Matthew.  Here he is deep in conversation with Bishop Bridget Mary Meehan of MMOJ on February 22, 2014:  http://www.bridgetmarys.blogspot.com


Matthew just this month published a new and updated version of his autobiography, “Confessions.”

Along with many, many others, I have been invited to write a review of this new update of his autobiography:  http://matthewfox.org/books/book-reviews-new/confessions-revised-updated/personal-reflections-on-confessions-the-blog-tour/                      on our blog sites.  My review will appear here at:  www.wellsofwellness.org on the day after Christmas.                                                                                                I encourage you to watch for it.


Between now and then, I am going to post three or four times with words directly from Matthew’s book.  Today I post the final paragraph from his book:

“For over forty years humankind has been living with the photographic icon of Mother Earth taken by the Apollo astronauts, and it has assisted us to see ourselves as one special planet. But as of 2014 a new photograph which I predict will become and must become even more iconic has been gifted us by the Voyager 1 spacecraft —that picture taken from the edge of our solar system as the spacecraft was exiting it in July 2012 and looking back on its journey. In it earth is just a dot set among many other dots in the distance that scientists had to point out with an arrow. “Earth as dot” reminds us how seemingly insignificant we are; how unique we may be in the universe; and how precious all the beauty and diversity and marvels of our modest planet boasting life and oceans, forests and creatures of myriad kinds really is. Such an icon might help put our species into context again so we get over our reptilian-brain aggression in favor of sustainability and the ways of compassion. Are we up to the task? Can we let go as a species? Time will tell and time is running out. But of this I am sure: Creation spirituality is part of that project.”


What are your thoughts about “earth as a dot” and us smaller still?


Thank you Matthew Fox for your joy, your passion for justice, your speaking the truth, your transformation of our understanding of who we are before God . . .

We are, indeed, among God’s “Original Blessing”!

May it be that we become those who are up to the task of “sustainability and the ways of compassion!”


Published by philandpatricia

we live in Northport, MI

2 thoughts on “What voyager saw

  1. I love the gazebo shot to the left with the prominent rocks in the foreground! It’s a different perspective and I really like it. About the idea of earth as dot and we being smaller yet: As you know I love night photography. I get that feeling most every time I step outside under a clear star-studded sky. The sky is so vast and I feel so small and insignificant under that beautiful canopy. It’s humbling, to say the least. Karen

  2. Thanks, Karen,
    Was trying to get an image of the water crashing onto the dock.
    It’s what drew me back to the marina after noticing them when I went to the PO.
    It was definitely rocking and rolling . . . but the bite of chill in the wind got to me before I got the picture I went for.
    You can, though, see a wave toward the end of the dock reaching up above the top.
    So, with your magnificent photographic eye, I am honored by your comment this one’s perspective.

    You are a significantly beautiful person in the cosmos.

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