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The next stop in the Cathedral of Learning was the Japanese room.

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It is very simple, yet eloquent at the same time.  It is very functional, yet not off putting either.

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In the back of the room (shown above) you see some Japanese writings.  Here’s a close up of the one on the left.

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I’m told that often these images and the words that go with them are telling a story.  It’s my understanding that Japanese culture is conveyed through story very often and that the Japanese are master story tellers.

Lesson for church: we have a story to tell.  The culture won’t tell the story for us anymore, which I think is a positive thing.  The Rev. Dr. David Lose once said that the church in the US has gotten lazy with telling its story.  I agree.  It’s time to relearn the story of faith and proclaim it.  This isn’t a story about facts and figures – it’s a story about relationship:  God with creation, including humanity.  Tell that story, and see what happens.