May 22, 2019
Gideon Tsang reflects on how God is inviting us to clean our profane view of the other [Acts 11:1-18].
- Who in your life is loving you into more expansive ways of seeing?
- Why do you think we are addicted to judging our distinctions?
- Commonality. Think of someone who you see as less worthy. What do you have in common with that person? Try engaging them this week with commonality rather than distinction.
May 16, 2019
Weylin Lee reflects on the areas of discomfort that we are being invited to explore in our movement towards experiencing restoration and rest [Psalm 23].
- How can we adopt more of a posture of willingness instead of willfulness to allow ourselves to let go of control?
- What patterns need to be disrupted in order for our soul to be restored?
- How can we allow ourselves to receive the goodness and mercy that is chasing after us?
- Posture of Willingness. Pick a situation, activity or relationship this week to adopt a posture of willingness. Pay attention to how letting go of control might move you into comfort and rest instead of isolation and exhaustion.
- Detox. Pick an area of your life to practice a detox this week (e.g. technology, social media, food, work, social activity). Pick an appropriate amount of time (e.g. week, day, portion of a day). In the spaces of discomfort, notice what parts of your true identity are needing to be restored.
May 9, 2019
Jason Minnix reflects on how we respond to change in our lives [John 21:1-14].
- How can I wait in the familiar with patience and compassion?
- How are the fires of belonging calling me to forgive myself?
- Embracing the Familiar. What do I turn to when things don’t go the way I want them to? Wait in the familiar with compassion this week. Assume it’s meaningful.
- Reflect on Belonging. Where are the small fires of belonging now?
May 1, 2019
Gena Minnix reflects on how Jesus invites us into the process of forgiveness and what that looks like to practice [John 20:19-23].
- What injury is currently disturbing my peace?
- This week, how might I practice consenting to the Spirit’s movement toward forgiveness within me?
- Name the injuries that disturb our peace. Pass the peace of Christ during liturgy.
- Listen and tell the stories of our grief.
- Forgiving ourselves as we extend forgiveness to others. Learning to consent to the Spirit’s movement of forgiveness within us.
April 25, 2019
As we celebrate Easter, Gideon Tsang invites us to consider what resurrection means for us and why we tell this story over and over [John 20:1-18].
- Awakening begins while it is still dark. How can we be present and patient with our slow awakening?
- What does it look like to live out of abundance this week?
- Catch a sunrise. Be present for the entirety of the sunrise. Remind yourself of the gentle slowness of healing & awakening.
- LOVE says unmerited, “I’m so happy you exist”. Tell a neighbor you’re so happy they exist. Once a day this week, tell someone, I’m so happy you exist.
April 18, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Jason Minnix invites us to reflect on what is bringing us transformation into our lives right now [Luke 19:28-40].
- What is bringing my transformation now?
- How am I being converted into gentleness?
- Godly Play. Where am I at with new meaning today? Opening. Insight. Scanning. Articulation. Will to Closure.
- Create a metaphor for your transformation. What’s my changing journey/ transformation like? Reach for stories that are like what you’re being invited into.
April 10, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Liz Schepel invites us to explore and embrace our needs that we sometimes push aside [Psalm 63].
- What emotion has been dominant in your life? What personal need might be at the root of those feelings?
- What do you tend to put ahead of your own needs?
- In what ways can we respond empathetically to our own needs this week?
- Feelings and Needs. Find ways to slow down and discern your dominant feelings and name the need. See if you can find different ways to meet that need.
- Safe love. What does safe love feel like for you? What is it inviting you to receive? What do you need to receive?
April 3, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Melanie Jones reflects on the relationship between our faith and suffering and how Jesus is in it with us [Mark 10: 28-31].
- How am I being invited to access salvation?
- What does it look like to follow Jesus in a meaningful way now?
March 27, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Gideon Tsang reflects on what maturation looks like for us personally and collectively [Exodus 3:1-15].
- How can you sit with a part of you that might be flaring up, ready to mature?
- What can you do to listen to the parts of you that need healing this week?
- What do you sense flaring up in your life? Sit with it like a campfire without judgement. How might it be a part of you, ready to mature?
March 20, 2019
As we continue in the season of Lent, Jason Minnix explores the role of permission in our journey and reflects on the ways we may have been stuck in our faith [Luke 13:31-35].
- Who have I given permission to love me?
- Where does my trust need healing today?
- How am I being invited in a gathering love?
- Four Responses to our Demons. Acknowledge, Validate, Compassion, Share
- Attending to the Craft of Spiritual Intimacy. What creates movement now towards spiritual intimacy for you? What was once helpful that you’re now finding no longer helpful and need to let go of?
March 14, 2019
As we enter Lent, Matt Inman explores the temptations of Jesus and what that means for how we engage our own temptations and vulnerability this season [Luke 4:1-13].
- What role does shame play in your current temptation?
- Where might your vulnerability in life right now lead you to acts of courage and love?
- Jump into Barton Springs.
- Pick a temptation or fantasy and extend it out from the point it usually ends. What comes of it?
- Journal about a relationship where you get stuck consistently testing the other person. Find solitude and reconnect with the part of you that feels threatened.
March 8, 2019
As we near the beginning of Lent, Gideon Tsang invites us to consider what we hope for in our maturity and transformation [2 Cor 3:12-18].
- What are your hopes for Lent?
- Who allows you to be fully who you are when you are with them and what does that feel like?
- List the characters you’ve played. How did the characters begin? Which characters are you ready to let go of?
- Consider fasting. How does this restriction lead to freedom? How does this reconnect me to myself and God?
March 6, 2019
Dominique DuBois Gilliard explores the history and foundation of mass incarceration. And, reflects on how Christians can pursue justice that restores and reconciles. [Acts 16:16-40]
- What is our relationship to the good news when it comes at a cost to our ability to offer participation?
- How can you take a step in using your privilege to hold systems and structures accountable that dehumanize others?
February 21, 2019
Kelly Cutbirth reflects on how it’s easy to lose heart and our connection with who we really are, and invites us to look at what it means to turn our hearts towards God and reconnect. [Jeremiah 17]
- How are we hiding our hearts from ourselves, God, and each other?
- When was the last time your heart felt nourished by someone?
- How am I hiding my heart from myself, God, and my community?
- When was the last time someone gave you the gift of nourishing? Remember what that felt like. What did they do?
- How might you offer that to someone this week?
February 14, 2019
Chris Morton encourages us to look at the nets we are caught in and to consider the nets we can weave together of love and abundance. [Luke 5]
- What net are you caught in?
- What net do you want to be caught up in?
- How can we weave a net together?
February 6, 2019
Jason Minnix invites us to acknowledge our need for love and how receiving it helps us to see others as they are. [1 Cor 13]
- What am I being invited to receive today?
- What younger places in me need love this week?
- Acknowledge our Need and Receive:
- Name an area where you get stuck in your thought world, an emotionally raw place and/or a bodily addiction.
- Confess your need for God’s help, for grace today.
- Receive acceptance.
- Listen for and receive the words of love you most need today.
January 31, 2019
As we celebrate and give thanks for our new home, Gideon Tsang invites us to consider how we are all an indispensable part of Christ’s body, both in our strengths and weaknesses. [1 Cor 12]
- How can you remind yourself this week that your being is pre-approved?
- What does it look like to embrace your limitations in order to participate in collaboration?
- Pick a body part as a reminder of your pre-approval this week.
- Try entering a conversation from or about weakness.
January 25, 2019
Jason Minnix reflects on the deep and little welcome that creates spaces of belonging and hospitality [John 2:1-11].
- What does receiving welcome look like for me today?
- How am I being invited to engage in small welcomes?
- Welcome someone to Vox in the next couple weeks.
- Host your expectations. a. Consider an area of disappointment right now.
b. Welcome any emotions here (grief, sadness, etc)
c. Am I getting too overwhelmed? Take a 1/2 step back. d4. Have I pulled too far back and need to re-engage a little? Take a 1/2 step in. How can we live in the tension of what we hoped for and what is, together?
January 17, 2019
Virginia Cumberbatch and Gideon Tsang dialogue around what it would be like to see our city of Austin as a beloved community [Luke 3:15-17, 21-22].
- How can we continue to ask questions about our city with intention and humility?
- How can we enter spaces of discomfort to form connection?
January 16, 2019
As we continue the Advent season, we’re invited to explore the Scriptures through the contemplative practice of Lectio Divina [Luke 1:46-55].
- What words or phrases stood out to you from this passage? Why?
- How does this text speak to you in your current situation and environment?
- What is the text calling you to do or become this week? (How do I need to live in light of this scripture?)