LEANING IN: SPIRITUAL PRACTICES
In the midst of our current series, Leaning In, we are not only exploring what makes for meaningful community, but also considering practices that form and deepen our capacity to hold one another, even if for now, it must be from a distance. Join us as we experientially "lean in" and learn what it means to be a community in this unique season.
“For we are the product of His hand, heaven’s poetry etched on lives…” As we explored this verse from Ephesians 2:10 on Sunday, it feels fitting that our first practice is a writing practice based on the poem, Where I'm From by George Ella Lyon. Click on the button to the right for more information and consider sharing your poem with us.
This Sunday we explored the movement from a scarcity worldveiw to an abundnce worldview as the gateway to practicing generosity. Our spiritual practice for this week is to plant something, and tend to the abundance that comes even from small investemnts of time, care, compassion and resources like water and sunlight. Then, practice generosity by giving out of that abundance! Click on the link for simple instructions to this week's practice.
may twenty fourth
This weeks practice is from the book Cultivate by Cageless Birds. They have a number of books that include prompts, writings, and poetry from their community. In this particular writing by Jonathan David Helser he speaks to life as it began, messy, formed from the dust of the ground. Mud on God’s hands… Dirt on God’s lips.… Life began when God chose to get messy and kiss dust. He goes on to say, “If life began with such a beautifully messy collision of Heaven and mud, why are we so afraid to be vulnerable and get honest with God?” God isn’t afraid of our honesty or our mess. Click on the link for simple instructions to this week's practice.
Something broke open in the wake of George Floyd’s death. We are breaking open. Deep rooted racism, institutional injustice, the dehumanization of our Black sisters and brothers, the list goes on and on. We are starting to catch a glimpse the work that is before us. And at the same time we cannot forget about the work that is WITHIN us. On Sunday June 14th, we engaged in a time of repentance and we invited our community into their own inner work.
Our spiritual practice for this week is to take some time to visit George Floyd’s memorial at 38th and Chicago. We recognize that this might be a step outside of your comfort zone - here is a post that offers a few guidelines for showing up to this sacred space. After spending some time there, write out your own cries of repentance. James 5:16 says, “…confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed…” Consider naming what you are repenting with a trusted family member or friend. You can also email your thoughts to Katie if you want someone to bear witness to what you are naming. This is our invitation to do the inner work… the work that will allow God’s mercy to flow through us, so we might be part of the healing that desperately needs to take place.