BEING CHURCH- Finding the Courage to Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do
"Grief is the work of mature men and women. It is our responsibility to be available to this emotion and offer it back to our struggling world. The gift of grief is the affirmation of life and of our intimacy with the world. It is risky to stay open and vulnerable in a culture increasingly dedicated to death, but without our willingness to stand witness through the power of our grief, we will not be able to stem the hemorrhaging of our communities, the senseless destruction of ecologies, or the tyranny of monotonous existence." — Francis Weller
In this historical moment, when the cumulative global, social, political, economic, and family pressures, uncertainties, losses, and fears can be completely and utterly overwhelming, how do we find the courage and power to do the thing we think we cannot do — whether that be getting out of bed in the morning or marching out in the street at night?
In this session (3 of 6), Rev. Solveig Nilsen-Goodin will invite us into a prayer practice based on Jesus' prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane — a prayer that can help us find our power in powerlessness, a prayer that helped Jesus find his way through overwhelming grief to the courage and power to do the thing he thought he could not do.
To watch the previous two sessions:
The Sacred Work of Grief, Part 1: Rituals of Renewal
The Sacred Work of Grief, Part 2: Everything We Love, We Will Lose
You are invited to join this weekly online gathering designed to provide encouragement and support for ELCA leaders across the church. Participants will hear topical presentations related to how we are called to be Church, as well as have an opportunity to be in small group discussions with an ELCA group coach facilitating the conversation. This is where the magic happens. All of this is designed to help us process our emotions and thus create a space where we can each name our next most faithful step forward in our unique context. You are welcome to share this invitation with any other ELCA leader, rostered or lay. #ELCAChurchTogether
We understand a number of folks are unable to make this day and time each week. We record the main session and debrief time. We share each recording with supporting documents here, typically by the following day: https://www.elcacoaching.org/podcasts/media.
You can also find a list of upcoming topics and presenters on the home page of our website: https://www.elcacoaching.org/.
ELCA Coaching is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: BEING CHURCH - Weekly Gathering for ELCA Leaders
Time: Wednesdays 1:00 PM Central Time
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Meeting ID: 180 439 412
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