What is the Euc & What’s with the name?!
What’s with the name???
Eucatastrophe or “The Euc” (The Yuke) – as we call it – is an intentional faith community in the Fort Worth greater metro area. The late J.R.R. Tolkien coined the term eucatastrophe in his essay entitled On Fairy-Stories (this essay can be found in a collection of his works called, The Tolkien Reader). Tolkien used the term eucatastrophe to explain the “turn” of events in the story that gives hope to hopeless. It is where the light invades the darkness so the hope and the joy of the Creator may be illuminated throughout all of creation. “The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of humanities’ history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends with joy.”
How do you describe The Euc?
This is a question we frequently get – and for many of us, we don’t exactly know how wrap a concrete definition of who we are within a five-second answer (let alone in a longer diatribe). It’s not that we don’t know who we are – it’s just something that’s difficult to put into words. One night during a gathering we jokingly and affectionately started calling The Euc: “This Thing Of Ours.” And, for many of us, it stuck. The etymology of the term “This Thing Of Ours” is rooted within the vernacular of the American mafia; however, the concept it carries – of not having words to sum up what you are a part of – is redeemable to us as a community. If we had to give a short description of who we are to someone who has never hung out with us, then “This Thing Of Ours” perhaps best suits us. Now, we don’t use “This Thing Of Ours” of ours as a claim of exclusivity or elitism. But on the contrary, we strive to be an inclusive – meaning ALL are truly welcomed – community of hope for everyday people who holistically travel together on our faith journeys as followers of God through the way Jesus.
So, whether you consider yourself a follower of God through the way of Jesus, or connect with Jesus but are burnt out on institutional religion, or have serious doubts about faith & want a place that will let you be & authentically ask questions, please come and join us in “This Thing Of Ours” we call The Eucatastrophe. If you are planning on joining us for our 5:15 Sunday night gathering, please contact us so we know how much food to prepare for our meal together. But if you happen to swing by without calling ahead, don’t worry: we usually make a little extra.