Yes, the discipline of caring takes energy, but no more than what we use to desperately guard our fragile ego identity. Trade coping for caring. Entering into shared space with others pays harmonious dividends that our false-self strategies can never afford us.
Disharmony is fueled by increasing feelings of alienation and isolation. Moving toward others with an empathetic response brings healing and hope. A powerful tool for our heal-the-earth toolbox.
The language of the prophets is the language of hope and promise. Even in times of despair, they take the long view. Divine reality, which lives and breathes in each of us, always brings light to the darkness, fairness to the unjust, peace to the fearing.
Our story of sin can undermine our resilience. It’s a story we inherited from our history, and honestly . . . it’s not so helpful. See how rethinking sin can boost our capacity for resilience.
Pain is not bad. Pain is just painful. And with pain being an inevitable part of the human experience, discover how you might not “waste” it by simply cursing the darkness but rather use it to build resilience and light a candle in the darkness.
In our Western, individualistic society, duty has become a dirty word. We all benefit when we step into our full story of ourselves as both one and one of many, and the virtue of duty becomes the natural outflow of our shared mindset.
We are relational beings. Our overly exuberant, Western reverence for individualism has become toxic, leaving us to believe we must shoulder the world alone. Broaden our well-being concerns beyond “me, my and mine,” and counter-intuitively, each of us becomes a benefactor. We are all bolstered by the well-being of the whole.
Moving from pseudo-community (well-mannered, polite), to authentic community takes intention, discipline, and skill. Creating an environment where authentic community can flourish is essential work of the church. This year, we will refocus on this intention so that we might be strengthened to step into our role as repairers of the earth.
by George Fuller Certain Bible verses can touch us more than others and help shape the direction of our lives. In my tradition, we called these “life verses”. Romans 12: 1-2 is one of these life verses for me. I have had many changes throughout my life, both those that I initiated and some that […]
When bad things happen, the story we tell ourselves will determine whether hope is stirred or stymied. Hope lives when we see setbacks as temporary and one time events. Our tradition gives us tools to hold on to hope, particularly in the darkest of times.
The Industrial Revolution and subsequent urbanization and mechanization of society increased the scale within which we all live, work, and play. As our world has gotten bigger, our sense of agency has shrunk. When we tell ourselves the story that we can’t make a difference, we don’t. Jesus told a different story. He told us […]
When we find ourselves in dark seasons, our ancient wisdom extends a promise. That in the end, Truth wins. love wins, light triumphs. Not at the end of history, but with recurring regularity throughout history. It happens again and again and again. And this dark time our nation finds itself in… Probably not an exception.
Many are struggling with despair these days. Our ancients knew something about human nature, and they designed a calendar to remind us to stir hope in the darkest and coldest of times. It was a call to dissolve despair like salt in warm broth. The feast of Christmas points us to the greatest truths: that […]
By Jarred White As a black man fresh out of seminary in a mostly white spiritual community and asked to give my first message on the topic of racism, it is needless to say that this was not easy to write. Hip hop music has been one of the most racially controversial topics of the […]