Behold, all things at Berkeley School of Theology are new! Well, almost and not really. Even as we proclaim, “BST All Things New!” as our theme for 2020-2021, we are mindful of the stress and strain of living through a global pandemic alongside political and social unrest. We are also aware, however, that even in our darkest days, babies are still being born, a single candle still provides light, and creation still buds sprigs of new life – all in protest against death, itself. And, yes, we are aware that when we chose as our theme text, 2 Corinthians 5:17, where the Apostle Paul encourages the newly formed Corinthian church that “in Christ, all things are made new,” his words clash with the old sage writing in the Book of Ecclesiastes (1:9), “there is nothing new under the sun.” Taken together, we think both Paul and the sage are right.

Let’s take the human body, for example. Almost every single one of our nearly 60 trillion cells in our bodies are renewed over the span of our lifetimes. Red blood cells live about 4 months, skin cells about 2 weeks, colon cells only 3 days, and heart cells 40 years. It’s just a matter of time that, bodily speaking, we are wholly new creations. Estimates suggest this near total renewal happens about every 7-10 years. And, yet, we also know that nearly all the elements of the human body that make up our cells are from those periodic chart elements that you memorized in high school chemistry. The source of those elements are supernovas and stars colliding in the Big Bang nearly 13 billion years ago. So, quite literally, we are millenniums-old stardust, too.

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