On Thursday nights during the season of Lent (the weeks leading up to Easter) we've been opening up unit 2 at the IHH for some Bible discussions over a shared dinner. Because we're aware that the Bible has often been used to dominate others we've been seeking to approach the Bible in a way that allows for questioning and doubting alongside faith and belief.
Last night we had a look at Luke's story of Jesus' time of temptation in the desert, which seems to have influenced many other stories, from Faust to Star Wars to 'The Devil Came Down to Georgia'. We reflected that experiences of the wilderness (whether a literal wilderness like a desert or a forest, or a metaphorical wilderness stage in our lives) are often experiences of disorientation or reorientation. Often the Settler people who get involved with the Indigenous Hospitality House are people who have been disoriented by what we've found out about Australia's colonial history. We've often found that getting involved with the project is an experience of reorientation