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.

Process theology sensory experience free-write

In class today, we spent about 20 minutes outside having "follow the leader" sensory experiences -- shoes off in the grass, listen to a water pipe, feel the sunlight on your face, drag a hand over tree bark. And yet the most surprising sense was putting my bare feet back on the classroom carpet. I love bare feet. I loved my feet on the warm grass and on the sidewalk and on the cool, wet grass and on the rough brick. I live my best life barefoot. When you don't need to wear shoes, you are inseparable from the universe. You are home. You are on the front lawn or in the pool or at the beach or in the comfort of actual indoor home. The temperature is such that you need not cover your feet.

Separate from the feet feelings I loved the hearing the most. Listen to water rush through a pipe. Crinkle a plastic bag. Listen to the wind whip through a bright orange traffic cone. I was surprised to hear the water running so loudly through the pipe. I didn't want to put the cone down -- you know, the old "hear the ocean" thing. I enjoyed most all the things that remind me of homeness. If only there'd ben sand. Or water! There sort of was water. We ended  by gazing out over the bay. Every time I do that, I hear "we live in a beautiful world...yeah we do, yeah we do." As little as I dig Coldplay, that song has stayed with me since the video yearbook senior year.


Everyone complained about this reading but I am loving it.

Lenten "sacrifice" and stuff.