My congregation and I have been working with a group out of Houston, Texas called “Faithwalking.” They have created a leadership formation process that engages principles from Murray Bowen’s Family Systems theory, Ron Heifitz’s leadership ideas, Brene Brown’s teachings on healthy self, and other concepts for living a healthy whole life. What I love about Faithwalking is the focus on active listening – listening to one’s self, listening to God, and especially listening to others – without the need to argue back, debate, or challenge the other….just listen and allow the other to be who they are while I work on being and becoming my most authentic self.
I’ll reflect on Faithwalking this Sunday and connect it to both Paul’s letter to the church in Corinth – walking by faith and not by sight and to the parable in Mark about transformational faith.
We are also following the “Faces of Our Faith” curriculum from A Sanctified Art adding their reading for the week to our lectionary (and eliminating one from the new revised common lectionary). This week the reading is from Esther – but the reflection from A Sanctified Art focuses on Queen Vashti and her willingness to defy the king and not show up to court when demanded. She defied a #metoo moment. But for that she was demoted from queen to just another woman in the kings harem. (and Esther became queen). So, I am also pondering faithful and costly acts of defiance as I pray about my homily for this week.
What about you? What readings are pondering and where are they leading you? Are you exploring ideas around living a faith-full life and the risks that may be inherent in that? Or are you being called in another direction?
The Rev. Terri C. Pilarski is an Episcopal priest serving a parish in Dearborn, Michigan. She’s been a member of RevGalBlogPals since 2006 and blogs at Seeking Authentic Voice
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