The Rev. Casey dunsworth

serves as Associate Campus Pastor to the Belfry, the Lutheran-Episcopal Campus Ministry to UC Davis

and as Program Director for LEVN, the Lutheran Episcopal Volunteer Network.

I wish the ocean was closer to Berkeley.

You know the part where my vision of heaven is an eternal ocean? Khalil Gibran has this to say:

Love one another, but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

I don’t really have much to say. I read this today on my new friend Danny’s facebook profile. I hardly know Danny. He lives with one of my fellow first-year PLTSers, though he’s a PhD student at Cal. In mechanical engineering. But he has some fascinations with world religions and global identity…so we had some things to chat about. He was telling me about this necklace he has from somewhere (I forget now) that is made of bones and skulls and horns and stuff and that he actually wore it once. Cool? Oh, and when he saw my bumper stickers he said, “You’re a weird Christian girl. But I like you.”

So we chatted a bit and he noticed the abundance of Turkishness in my apartment. So he says, “You’ve been to Turkey?” To which I responded, as usual, with an overexcited, “Turkey, my love! Yes!” So then we talked about Turkey and he was disappointed that I didn’t have my Turkey book with me (I dumbly left it at home. Mom is shipping it, duh.) and he wants to see it when I get it. And he said that I have to come back over to his place to see all his sweet artifacts. Also, his favorite drink is a gin and tonic. We’re going to be cool friends.

But back to the point. This Gibran quotation sidles right up to my heaven as ocean idea. Certainly, my idea that God, the ocean, is love, moving between the shores of our souls…that’s so beautiful. My spiritual affinity as water drop thing doesn’t totally fly, but when you’re making up what heaven is, stuff doesn’t have to line up exactly.

On the subject, I just recalled an idea of heaven that my friend Kayla (whom I met in Seattle at LifeMatters! two summers ago) postulated: God singing bass, Jesus singing tenor, Kayla singing alto, the Holy Spirit singing soprano in eternal harmony. Gorgeous! I love it. I think I’m going to share it in class sometime. I’m sure there will be an opportunity. Maybe not in class, actually. Maybe more like in someone’s apartment over beers. So far, that’s where we’ve had more deep, theological conversation (granted, we’ve had only one day of class).

So far, I’ve met some good people. I think some people have met me and thought the same. It’s a good place, this PLTS.

A drop in a different ocean, I guess.