Conflict

Another excerpt from Jean Vanier   "Communities need tensions if they are to grow and deepen.  Tensions come from conflicts within each person--conflicts born out of a refusal of personal and community growth, conflicts between individual egoisms, conflicts arising from a diminishing gratuite (giving freely generously of oneself), from a clash of temperaments, and from individual psychological... Continue Reading →

Each of the Other

Me: What's the hardest spiritual thing I'm ever going to have to do? Old Woman: To see every person as a gift. Me: What kind of gift? Old Woman: The best kind.  Based on the way you receive them. Me: I don't get it. Old Woman: I know. But you will.  If you receive others... Continue Reading →

Idealism

Here is another of our community readings, this one from Dietrich Bonhoeffer's Life Together.  It was originally published in 1939, in Germany, in the midst of the fever rise of Nazism and the Christian Community's deep lack of response to the manufactured divide of human against human running through their nation.  He's got a few... Continue Reading →

Leading Community

I came across this poem by Madeleine L'Engle as I was flipping through my bookshelf this week.  I'd never read it before but I needed it.  You could read it from a number of different circumstances and it could speak to you no matter where you are or how life is changing for you, but... Continue Reading →

Communion

Jean Vanier wrote this next reading which are excerpts from a few different places.  As always they are beautiful and kind and you just want to live within that world they create.  And we can. "To be in communion means to be with someone and to discover that we actually belong together.  Communion means accepting... Continue Reading →

A Visible Reality

  "A truth, a doctrine, or a religion needs no space for itself.  They are disembodied entities. They are heard, learned, and apprehended, and that is all.  But, the incarnate Son of God needs not only ears or hearts, but living people who will follow him.  That is why he called his disciples into a... Continue Reading →

Community – The Vision and the Call

Its been a fair while since I've posted on the blog.  Things have come up!  Unexpectedly, I've been preaching more.  So much has come up inside of me because of this process but mostly its been an eye-opening to see the astonishing amount of energy and focus that such a thing requires.  And I've loved... Continue Reading →

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