To our readers
First and foremost, our blog project is for sharing — with you, whoever ‘you’ are! Specifically, we’re aiming our writing at those in our immediate or semi-intermediate circle of friends, both non-Christian and Christian, who we presently live and work with (or did once upon a time). Your good personhood and good attempts inspire us, and we very much hope that we might share with you something both about ourselves and about the One who inspires us.
If there’s an agenda for our blog, it’s to give our friends a non-jargoned and not-preachy, but deeper glimpse into what it looks like for us to follow Jesus. A lot of this will probably look like normal twenty-year olds figuring life out: how to do life well, to do work well, why we do what we do, how to do relationships, community, family, etc. How we convey our following of Jesus through all this in our writing will likely be a bit eclectic, given our different styles and personalities. It’s possible that some of us will mention God more, and some less, depending on how we prefer to share. We do hope, though, that through all of our writing Jesus will become more real to you, in the differently vibrant ways that he is real to each of us.
It’s probably worth mentioning that we’re not aiming for academicy essays or articles. Ideally, we hope for a blend of the personal and thoughtful, like what Anne Fadiman terms the familiar essay genre: not “critical essays (more brain than heart)” nor “personal — very personal — essays (more heart than brain),” but pieces that engage both your heads and hearts.
As such, we would love to have real-life conversations with you, should you be up for that! Or a Facebook conversation, if that is more feasible. 🙂
Thanks for reading!
On our blog title
… is an ancient Greek word meaning the right or opportune moment (the supreme moment). The ancient Greeks had two words for time, chronos and kairos. While the former refers to chronological or sequential time, the latter signifies a time lapse, a moment of indeterminate time in which everything happens.
Kairos is, then, a different way of measuring and experiencing time. L’Engle calls it “the time which breaks through chronos with a shock of joy, that time we do not recognize while we are experiencing it, but only afterwards, because kairos has nothing to do with chronological time.” It is an entirely “unselfconscious” but altogether joyful experience of time, in which we are most fully ourselves and fully, creatively human:
The artist at work is in kairos. The child at play, totally thrown outside herself in the game, be it building a sand castle or making a daisy chain, is in kairos. In kairos we become what we are called to be as human beings, co-creators with God, touching on the wonder of creation. (L’Engle, “Five Years Ago Today…“)
Appropriately, kairos, the joyous “time in which everything happens,” is also the term that Christian New Testament writers use to convey the fullness of time, the God-appointed time for the fulfillment of promises: “When the fullness of time had come, God sent his Son, born of woman…” Thus does Nouwen call kairos “a new time, the time of salvation.” It is “the time lived from within and experienced as full time” (Nouwen, Compassion, 90-1).
We believe, along with L’Engle and Nouwen, that experiencing full time and joy in full necessitates communion with Jesus Christ. Our project in this journal, then, is to share out of the projects that comprise our own lives: how do we live in the fullness of time, and in God (which are, in our view, wholly interrelated)? How might we, also, invite others to live in kairos? Our attempts are imperfect, certainly, but we trust that part of the virtue (though not all) lies in the trying.