When we gathered as just one small group a few years ago to map out our worship service, the dream was to create a space for engagement of all kinds- engagement with silence, Spirit, stations, music and more. While we have imperfectly lived this out, I give thanks for what has unfolded and what happens each week when we come together.
I knew a while ago, that if I didn’t believe I had access to any more wisdom than anyone else in the room, it was important to me to try and live that out, even in my preaching. After I share my message during our Sunday Gatherings, we sit in silence and then reflect together, as we are comfortable around questions.
Sometimes it is robust and joyful; sometimes it is somber because the truth is hard. What is beautiful is that it is real, and we listen to one another across differences of all kinds. Maybe preaching in this time is more about setting the scene and creating the container and then getting out of the way.
Here are the questions we explored this week.
- How has your spiritual journey interrupted your participation in oppression?
- How can we intentionally know ourselves as we are?
- How can our community more fully join the cause of justice and liberation?
We aim to take seriously our commitments as people on a spiritual journey. I am grateful that we can keep living into our best questions. Thank you for being a part of it!