4. Gender in Chaim

For those of you who are in a Teacher city or business, I strongly suggest you review the basic teaching since I will be using our shorthand going forward.  I can’t stop and reteach everything I reference.

The Redemptive Gifts of Cities and Seven Principles lay the foundation, and they are to be found in Free Audio.  Also there is The Redemptive Gift of Hungary which portrays the dynamic of a Teacher city in a Prophet nation.

One of the defining characteristics of the Teacher gift is that throughout the fractal of seven in Scripture, the Teacher’s position (third) always has a duality.  For example, in creation week, God created two things that day and called it good twice.  On the cross, Jesus spoke to John and His mother both.

This refers to the fractal of two which foundationally is about gender, but is broadly expressed as receiving/giving, rights/responsibility, acceptance/initiative or love/holiness.

With that background, I asked Julie about the gender of Chaim.  K Street divides the city.  The general populace who knows nothing of the redemptive gifts refers to east or west of K Street when describing characteristics of the community.

East seems to be male since that is where the manufacturing sector of the business community is.  The west side is where retail and upscale housing.  To say it differently, production is on the east side and consumption is on the west.

The city as a whole seems to be male.  It was founded with a very aggressive vision of dominance, although things shifted over time.

Now here is the kicker as described by Julie in an email to me.

“It seems like the eastern half of Chaim has been skewed/rotated counterclockwise by a few degrees. This has created a slim triangular shaped overlap in the north. Although I’m not seeing it, by extension that means that there must be a slim triangular area in the south where there is a gap.

“I think the axis of rotation runs right through the center of Chaim, meaning that it does not follow the east/west division of K St. 

“No idea what all this means. Do you know?”

Nope, I have no idea what it means, but I think it is excellent data that needs to be looked at.  Any time there is an aberration, we look at it to see if there is a soft spot that can be exploited, or if it reveals something about the core design.

I find it hugely interesting that the culture divides the city at K Street, but if Julie’s discernment is correct, God divides it at some other point.  It is quite common for man’s political or economic boundaries to not quite parallel God’s original design.

Second, I wonder what the spiritual dynamics are of the two small triangles at the top and bottom.  In the north, there is overlap of both genders, in the south, possibly some androgynous land.

So, Julie, your next assignment is to drive to those two spots when you get a chance and see if there is anything you can tell us about them.

Second, where is the main Masonic temple in the city?  Is it east or west of K Street, and is it between K Street and the center line of the city in terms of the rotation?

Also, where is city hall or whatever your governmental cluster of buildings is called – scattered around, or all in one clump?

Copyright October 2015 by Arthur Burk

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5 Responses to 4. Gender in Chaim

  1. lila1jpw says:

    I too live in a Teacher city with a recognized “east-west” division. The eastern side is physically higher than the west and houses the Unversity and the original religious Temperance colony. The relocated Masonic temple hides on the eastern bank around the bend from the most populous part of the East Side.

    The original Masonic temple was near the heart of the business centre, located across the river from the University. The Anglican cathedral in the west-side downtown is now the usual site of Masonic/police funerals. I live in a high-rise apartment next door to that structure and have seen Masons coming out the door still wearing their aprons. Up the hill from downtown is the Polytechnic Institute with its post-secondary technical training and the centre for immigrants’ second language training.

    West of the downtown is the West Side which the East Side considers as the centre of all the crime in the city. In the early days it was the centre of the aboriginals’ tent-city and a little later China town and then the settlement for eastern Europeans. It seems to have a prophetic flavour. The African church, the Sikh temple, the Buddhist temple, the Christian word-of-faith church all have a presence in this “wild west.” That’s besides the soup kitchens and other ministries for the poor and homeless. There are now signs of “gentrification” in the West Side. The artists have drifted in and there are quite a few exotic restaurants, cinemas, ethnic theatres and small art galleries huddling on the west side but near the Main Road that divides west end from the downtown.

    We have had a fragmented ministerial and attempts to get churches to work together seem to fight an uphill battle. Church splits are commonplace:—the Mennonites have their factions, the Anglicans have theirs and the Catholics have Eastern rite as well as Roman rite. Even the Orthodox are split, not just along ehnic lines but also on baptismal lines. It is interesting to see the same space on the West End occupied by Mennonites, then Orthodox and now a Buddhist temple. The original Nazarene church at the geographic height on the East Side became a hall for the Order of Odd Fellows, then a Pilates centre, and was finally torn down.

    We are known as “Hub City” or the city of bridges. But the entrances and exits of our bridges can be nightmares for the newcomer. On one bridge signage literally pointed the traffic into the river rather than onto the bridge. One of the bridges had five streets funneled on to its east bank and three streets coming out on the west bank. Confusion abounds.

  2. Stephan says:

    Uhm… I couldn’t find anything on your website with the redemptive gift of hungary. I checked both the free audio and products sections, as well as youtube. So, if you could point me in the right direction, I would be grateful.

    • SLG says:

      Free Stuff, Free Audio, page 2, second from the bottom. Also next time, use the search feature on the bottom left of the home page. It works really well. We put a lot of effort into that.

      • Stephan says:

        Oh, I see what happened. On page 1 there were only 8 entries, so my brain immediately assumed that it was the complete list, missing the pages blocks on the far right (of an admittedly very wide screen).

  3. I appreciate being able to peer into this discussion. Thank you for sharing it for the broader community so we can glean and prod on our own. Very valuable even if I am slow.

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