HURTING & HEALING IN COMMUNITY

Last night I gathered around my table with the community of young women who have become my family.  It is hard to believe how much has happened since we last met.  It seemed appropriate to take a break from our current book discussion and spend the evening sharing about how we are feeling about the … Continue reading HURTING & HEALING IN COMMUNITY

SHEPHERDING OUR WORK

"I am still learning how to shepherd this long work after the initial burst." This is the quote that leapt from my laptop screen yesterday, as I read a post entitled "The Ministry of Saying Goodbye (and Sticking Around)" by D.L. Mayfield. The "burst" she's referring to is the whirlwind of publishing her first book, … Continue reading SHEPHERDING OUR WORK

THE GIFT OF PRESENCE IN COMMUNITY

In the United States we live in a culture that upholds the values of work, productivity, and progress.  These values aren't negative.  Amazing achievements have resulted from these efforts. But when we apply these values to our relationships, sometimes the simple beauty and the unique gift of presence can be missed. The value of engaging … Continue reading THE GIFT OF PRESENCE IN COMMUNITY

PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK FROM COMMUNITY

"How do you manage your prayer life?"  I asked my senior pastor.  "How do you invest in so many people's lives and, then find time to pray for the growing list of needs that you become aware of?" His wise reply spoke to another need.  One that I didn't realize I had. He responded that … Continue reading PERMISSION TO TAKE A BREAK FROM COMMUNITY

WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED TAIZE

The French sky was a brilliant blue and the humid air was stifling as we sat down to form a circle on a large patch of dry grass in the center of a dusty campground.  We looked at one another, wondering who would speak first, and in what language.   Eva was from Germany and … Continue reading WHAT I LEARNED ABOUT COMMUNITY FROM A COMMUNITY CALLED TAIZE