Of all the voices in the world, there are a handful which have proven particularly trustworthy, so I trust them. Together, those voices form a sort of personal Jedi Council for me, and I do all my thinking and decision-making in conversation with them. My Jedi Council includes people, books, movies, and spiritual traditions — all those voices that I find guiding me and my thinking as I navigate life.
So here’s my Jedi Council (painfully narrowed down to 12 members):
- Jesus (my Yoda and more) *
- Firefly (Joss Whedon)
- Martin Luther King (Baptist preacher, activist)
- Isaiah (Jewish prophet)
- Albert Einstein (scientist)
- Brian McLaren (Christian theologian, activist)
- Star Wars (duh)
- Thich Nhat Hanh (Buddhist monk)
- Paul (Christian apostle)
- John Michael Greer (Druid cleric)
- C. Baxter Kruger (Christian theologian)
- The Lord of the Rings (J.R.R. Tolkien)
* You’ll notice that a really important piece of my Jedi Council is the Bible — the community library of my tradition, a still-evolving artifact of a messy, ongoing 4,000-year conversation between my people and this Reality we call “God.”
Other geeked-out souls may have different sacred texts (or none), but I suggest it would be fruitful for us to think of them all in terms of the Jedi Council metaphor. I think it will open space for us to share with and learn from each other without getting bogged down in the tired old pissing contest of “My-God-can-beat-up-your-God.”
So, who’s on your Jedi Council?
Write your own list of 12 in the comments below.