Question: Would it be accurate to say, then, that a renewed understanding of the Incarnation, the lived reality of God taking on flesh, both in members of the Community individually and in the Society collectively, was the catalyst for renewal?
Br. Curtis Almquist: The Incarnation became the hermeneutic through which we had our conversations—though it wasn’t in my memory, a conscious thing. Rather, it transformed how we talked about ourselves and the innate gifts and interests that each Brother carried within his person, and we distanced ourselves from the kind of faux asceticism that, at one time in our history, automatically discounted the interests and gifts a Brother brought with him when he entered the Community. It seemed obvious as we had conversations around maintaining our health and creativity (44), that we were moving into a very different relationship to this document.