You know the feeling of anxiety to have a full schedule week in and week out and feel like you are losing ground? The Hebrew faith tradition reminds us that life is more than struggle and strife. Restoration and comfort are possible. Psalm 23 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. 2 He makes me to lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. 3 He restores my soul; He leads me in the paths of righteousness For His name’s sake. 4 Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of…
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Invitation to Brave Space
—by Micky Scott Bey Jones
Together we will create brave spaceBecause there is no such thing as a “safe space” —We exist in the real worldWe all carry scars and we have all caused wounds.In this spaceWe seek to turn down the volume of the outside world,
We amplify voices that fight to be heard elsewhere,We call each other to more truth and loveWe have the right to start somewhere and continue to grow.
We have the responsibility to examine what we think we know.We will not be perfect.This space will not be perfect.It will not always be what we wish it to be But, It will be our brave space together, and, We will work on it side by side.
Everything That Remains
Blog Post written by Bryan Gower originally posted on Common Change Blog From my time studying philosophy at University, I have been interested in various thinkers, artists, and films that question the fabric of reality and the existential crisis caused by an uncritical pursuit of an “American Dream”. The crisis of identity and purpose seems to drive many to the extreme and often unhealthy measures to feel alive. Some have questioned whether consumer culture is our core vice rather than the ways we find to distract, numb or cope with…
I have a Tuesday night ritual where I meet friends at a local coffee shop or brewery to check-in with one another, discuss the books we are reading, deliberate current events, share how our families are doing, commiserate about work and tell stories from our week- the essentials of Community. Missing a Tuesday night reinforces how important my community is in the rhythm of my week not only because I miss out on hanging out with interesting people, but because how apparent it is that others miss me when I…
An Other Kingdom – Practice of Listening
I have been told that I speak in a tone that is very hard to hear. When I speak, I often have people ask me to repeat what I say when they don’t just politely stare at me with a quizzical countenance. Not being heard has created a great source of frustration in me. Exploring this challenge with those closest to me has returned suggestions to ‘speak up’, ‘talk in a higher tone’ or ‘be more assertive’. I have suggested that perhaps the challenge is not in the tone…