I am not a great follower of Star Trek. It was part of what I watched as I was growing up, and I know all the characters, enough to enjoy the movies that drew on the original series.
When Star Trek was the subject of one of our Diocesan training sessions during my time as a curate, I was intrigued enough to sign up. Wouldn’t you?
(I did also do the one on reconciliation – I though that was about resolving disputes, but it was about confessionals!)
I can’t remember the detail, but I was impressed with the way the guy that did the course explained how the way the crew were on the bridge, with their different aptitudes (logical Spock, organised Uhuru, emotional Bones, passionate problem-solving Scotty) was similar to the distribution of places in the brain have the control of those aptitudes.
I’ve no idea now what use that information was, and I don’t have any notes, but I know I really enjoyed it. And, looking back, I think it was just the joy and humour with which the course was presented, and that the person running it used it a vehicle for sharing his insight into pastoral work – how to take responsibility for and work with people who are very different, but share a love for and from Jesus.
Some say it with flowers, others with tea, still others with probing questions, but God’s love can also be shared through a passion for Star Trek.
That’s logical, Captain!