Relig*ish: What to do with the story of the cross?

Hello Magpie,

I got a little teary this week at Relig-ish, when I talked about the personal connection I have to the story of the cross. (Don’t worry, it’s not preachy at all. It’s just me, telling my tale.)

I made this video in response to a viewer-submitted question about how to relate to the story of the cross at Easter, if you are undergoing a spiritual shift. I hope it’s helpful to your growing, expanding sprituality as well.

I would absolutely love to do most of the episodes in response to Y.O.U.!  Do let me know if you have a question about soulcare and the Relig-ish life. You can drop your question in the comments, or email me using the contact button at the top of this page. (I’m happy to help.)

Thanks so much for being here today!

Much Warmth,

*your magpie girl


In our private Facebook group, the Flock is helping each other work through their relationship with the Bible at Easter time, while simultaneously celebrating the Vernal Equinox. (It’s that kind of mix-n-match group, my friends.) Would you like to join us? Click here to register, or here for the long version. We’d love to say “welcome home.”

Kim March 21, 2013 at 6:25 am

Rachelle, amen to you. This is a beautiful piece that totally resonates with me. Thank you.

Christine (Girl on Fire) Reed March 21, 2013 at 11:04 am

I love this. Excellently done.

I also think about (to add to your contextual reading) all religions previous to this had central figures/God/Gods that demanded we, the humans, spill blood for them. The Christ story, of course, turns this on its head. It’s a God who says, nope, here is a symbol of my unconditional love for YOU…here is MY blood coming down.

It was an end to all of the effort, so to speak, only going in one direction.

Rachelle April 2, 2013 at 12:06 pm

A powerful perspective, Christine. Thank you so much.

Cat Charissage March 21, 2013 at 3:04 pm

This is lovely, and it made me teary, too. I, too was raised Christian, Catholic, specifically, and how you have explained the cross is how I have come to understand things. I put it: “there’s always hope. This ISN’T the end of the story! Wait three days (three minutes, three years, three lifetimes. . . ) and something else will happen! Watch for it — and do what you can to help it along. But this is the promise: something new, and good, will come.” I, too, live with painful chronic illness, and trying to make sense of this, and of the unmerited useless suffering of so many around the world and through time, have just about driven me NUTS! I’ve finally (after about 25 years of a dark night of my soul) come to say, “I don’t know. I don’t understand suffering. But I’m going to opt for thinking that this isn’t the end of the story, and that good can come from this.” Carry on Rachelle!

Rachelle April 2, 2013 at 12:07 pm

I’m so proud of you for finding that perspective Cat. In the face of ongoing suffering, it would have been tempting to give up, get bitter, and shut down. But you chose the path of life, the path of hope. So beautiful!

Jenna/The Word Cellar March 26, 2013 at 8:12 pm

Thanks for this, Rachelle. I’d love to know more about the idea of nonviolent atonement. Can you recommend some good resources for that?

Rachelle April 2, 2013 at 12:09 pm

The book that helped me make the shift is “The NonViolent Atonement” by J Denny Weaver. I seem to remember another that was written by a two-woman team, but I can’t for the life of me recall the name!

Hope that helps a little.

I’ve also been told recently that the Orthodox stream has a totally different take on the cross than that of substitutionary attonement. I don’t know much about that branch of the church, in part because of it’s stand towards women. But perhaps this is one place where it would be profitable to “eat the fish and spit out the bones”….?

Previous post:

Next post: