Are cross-gender friends invited to mirror the divine dance? Are we invited to the wild, exuberant, spontaneous, tender, vulnerable, fiery divine dance? No holding back?
I want to highlight the new book, The Divine Dance by Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell and the wonderful implications for unguarded friendship between men and women. You’re not going to see specific reflection focused on cross-gender friendship in the book. But, by the time you end the book, the inescapable freedom for cross-sex friends to know God as “absolute friendship” and in that divine dance we will know the dance of unguarded friendship.
“God is not just a dancer;
God is the dance itself.'
Now, I don’t know if Richard Rohr and Mike Morrell (from now on, RR and MM) had this in mind when they collaborated from this book, but two facts helped me to see unguarded cross-gender friendship as I read this book. First, I know Mike’s interest in cross-gender friendship. We spoke on the issue at the 2015 Wild Goose Festival; in our eight-year-old friendship, I know we are pretty much of one spirit regarding cross-sex friendship. Second, RR wrote this book as a committed sixty-something celibate. Third, everyone is invited. Including cross-gender friends.
Pardon my enthusiasm for this book as I am not a formal theologian. I don’t doubt that evangelical theologians are going to scrutinize the contents and offer various critical comments. I will refrain from my quibbles with the book in order to shine the light on the connection between the Trinity and cross-gender friendship. This book gives us an unabashed boldness for cross-gender friends to know one another as dance partners as we mirror divine friendship.