Grow Mercy is about learning mercy. In a world where reciprocal violence and environmental violence is humanity’s greatest threat, growing mercy is the only way that ensures our survival, our evolution, our salvation, that is, our call toward creation.
Therefore Grow Mercy is about active non-violence, creative kindness, and compassion for the victimized.
Grow Mercy is about learning mercy through modelling a non-sacrificial, non-scapegoating, and non-victimizing way of being.
Another way of putting this is that it’s about desiring a wholly gratuitous God. The God of Jesus, the one we meet in, blessed are the merciful, the peacemakers, the poor, the guileless…the one who says, Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.
Grow Mercy was originally inspired by the thoughts and writings of theologian, James Alison, and the anthropologist, Rene Girard. At the same time, it’s an exploration of the mysterium tremendum, as it sees art, beauty and poetry, as not only the pulse of theology, but as a response to the wonder of our earth, an impulse toward the Love that created our cosmos.
Grow Mercy is about undergoing the immensity of a Love that has no residue of wrath, no desire to be sacrificed to, no divine ego to maintain, no need for our reflexive worship.
It’s along this vulnerable path where we gain the strength to receive mercy and to go on with kindness.
It’s about trying to work this all out and give it a faithful frame.