Invitation to Dance

May 30, 2018

As we celebrate Trinity Sunday, Gideon Tsang explores how we participate in the Trinity and not just how we understand the Trinity [John 3:1-8].

Reflection

What do you wonder about Trinity this morning?

How can you welcome God's movement for all things in your life this week?

Resources

MWG: Discussion Guide

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Pentecost

May 22, 2018

As we celebrate Pentecost, John Chandler reflects on how we might allow the Spirit to help us learn and grow in living the way of Jesus [Luke 5:1-11].

 

Reflection

In what ways have you recently seen the Holy Spirit at work in your life or community?

What practices have best helped you recognize the direction of the Holy Spirit in your life?

 

Resources

Websites: Udemy, MasterClass, League of Kitchens

MWG: Discussion Guide

 

 

 

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Happy Wisdom

May 15, 2018

Jason Minnix reflects on the wisdom we’re invited to consider as we meditate on scripture [Psalm 1].

 

Reflection

Where am I being invited to seek and live into wisdom?

How can I carry the protective parts of myself with compassion and curiosity this week?

 

Resources

Video: Peaceful Warrior Clip

MWG: Discussion Guide

 

 

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Abiding Love

May 8, 2018

Abiding Love

Gena Minnix explores what it means to abide in love, especially when we’re hurting [John 15:9-17].

 

Reflection

With whom am I currently practicing abiding in love?

What do I want to remember the next time I lose joy in that relationship?

 

Resources

Video: Turtle Flip

Podcast: Notes from a Public Typewritter

MWG: Discussion Guide

 

 

 

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The Tree and the Branches

May 1, 2018

Tim Brosnan explores what it means to be and remain in connection with God and others [John 15:1-5].

 

Reflection

  1. What specific courage can we take today in this union of the vine and branches expressed as the blood and body of communion?
  2. What specific pruning in your life might bring about a healthier branch and tree?

 

Resources

  1. Video: Vox Retreat at Laity
  2. Video: Narrative 4 - Guns and Empathy
  3. Song: The Greatest Gift (Sufjan Stevens)
  4. MWG: Discussion Guide

 

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God is My Shepherd

May 1, 2018

Jason Minnix explores what it means to return to God’s guidance in our life’s journey [Psalm 23].

 

Reflection

  1. What kinds of care am I being invited into this week?
  2. Where am I being invited to express and/or relax my agency?

 

Resources

  1. Film: Foxtrot
  2. Podcast: Truth and Cannonballs (Radiolab)
  3. MWG: Discussion Guide
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Embodiment

April 17, 2018

Weylin Lee reflects on what Jesus’ resurrection into a physical body means for how we live in and out of our body here and now [Luke 24:36-48].

 

Reflection

How are you invited to live from the vulnerability of your wounds?

In what ways can you live a holistic life that integrates body and soul?

 

Resources

Book: From Brokenness to Community (Jean Vanier)

Film: Jim and Andy: The Great Beyond

MWG: Discussion Guide

 

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Baptism

April 10, 2018

Gideon Tsang reflects on the meaning of baptism in our lives as we hear the stories of David Burrows, Meredith McNamee, and Errol Neider [Romans 6:1-11].

 

Reflection

In what ways are you growing into your baptism this season?

How are you still being transformed by your baptism?

 

Resources

Book: The Invisible Church (J. Pittman McGehee)

 

 

Tags: Spiritual Growth, Easter, Baptism, Faith

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New Life

April 3, 2018

On this Easter Sunday, Jason Minnix reflects on the new life that is already present in ways we might not recognize [Luke 24:13-35].

 

Reflection

What am I being invited to forgive about life?

Where is new life breaking open the ordinary meaning of my journey?

 

Resources

Podcast: On Being (Brene Brown)

MWG: Discussion Guide

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Triumph

March 28, 2018

As we continue in the season of Lent and celebrate Palm Sunday, Gideon Tsang reflects on celebrating what we don't yet understand about God and faith [John 12:12-19].

 

Reflection

What might it look like to offer your weakness to God and others in order to be healed?

How can you celebrate what you don't yet understand about God and faith?

 

Resources

Video: Making of Welcome Home (Spike Jonze)

Book: Divine Therapy & Addiction (Thomas Keating)

Poem: Every Riven Thing (Christian Wiman)

Poem: I Said to My Soul Be Loud (Christian Wiman)

MWG: Discussion Guide

 

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Being Made Alive

March 21, 2018

As we continue in the season of Lent, Weylin Lee invites us to consider different life-giving rhythms that can help us in our journey of being made alive [Ephesians 2:1-10].

Reflection
What liminal space do we need to enter in order to experience growth and transformation?
How can we grow in our own richness of mercy?

Resources
Podcast: This American Life - Gad Elmaleh
Podcast: NYT - The Vandal and the Mosque
Poem: The Winter of Listening (David Whyte)

MWG: Discussion Guide

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How to Apply Scripture

March 4, 2018

Gideon Tsang teaches through the texts that have traditionally been used to marginalize LGBTQ individuals and how they might still be applicable for us today. [Hebrews 4:12-13].

Reflection
What does it look like to receive from God rather than barter with God?
How can we use our power and privilege to include rather than exclude?

Resources
Vox’s LGBTQ Journey Description
Book: The Complete Stories (Flannery O’Connor)
Book: Kite Runner (Khaled Hosseini)
Homily Slides

MWG: Discussion Guide

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Too Deep for Words

February 18, 2018

As we begin the season of Lent, Jason Minnix reflects on navigating suffering and hope in meaningful ways [Romans 8:22-28].

Reflection
How can I make space to rest in God praying for me during this season of Lent?
What is my small part next to God’s small part in creating goodness from the shattered bits of life?

Resources
Video: Kids Playing Soccer
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Listening

February 11, 2018

Gena Minnix talks about what gets in the way of our listening and how we might practice listening to God together as a community [Mark 9:2-8].

Reflection
What small experiment around listening to God am I curious to try?
What might a community practice of listening to Love look like?

Resources
Video: NFL 2018 A Bad Lip Reading
Book: Sorry for Your Troubles (Padraig O Tuama)
Video: The Guy Who Finishes Your Sentences
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Some Things

February 4, 2018

Jason Minnix explores the practice of hospitality and accommodating others [1 Corinthians 9:16-23].

Reflection
Where is God inviting me to accommodate others more, or less?
Where am I being invited to relax my filtering of the good or tragic and experience the good news that’s been seeking me out?

Resources
Video: Phantom Thread
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Embracing Differences

January 28, 2018

Weylin Lee speaks about how we can foster a community that embraces differences in order to move toward the kind of community God invites us to be [1 Corinthians 8:1-13].

Reflection
Whose story do I need to hear more fully in order to move beyond knowledge so they can be more fully known?
Who do I need to practice empathy with this week?
How can I embrace differences as a path to experience growth and conversion?

Resources
Video: The Danger of a Single Story (TED Talk)
Podcast: The Calling of Delight: Gangs, Service, and Kinship (Father Greg Boyle)
MWG: Discussion Guide

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In the Weeds

January 22, 2018

Gena Minnix reflects on the questions that we ask when we have moments and seasons where we are overwhelmed [Jonah 3:1-10].

Reflection
Is there an area of life where I feel ‘in the weeds’ right now?
If I were to pray a prayer ‘from the weeds’ what would it sound like?

Resources
Video: Japanese Slippery Stairs
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Knowing

January 14, 2018

Jason Minnix talks about the invitation to knowing and being known by God [Psalm 139:1-5, 12-17].

Reflection
Where do I sense meaning and connection this morning?
What gift am I being invited to receive today?

Resources
Film: Lucky
MWG: Discussion Guide

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Growing Into Love

January 7, 2018

As we start a new year, Gideon Tsang reflects on how God invites us to continue to grow in love [Acts 10].

Reflection
What does our irritation of certain people tell us about ourselves and our love?
How might we grow the no-matter-whatness and no-matter-whoness of our love?

Resources
Video: Brigsby Bear
Video: Accidental Courtesy
Book: The Way to Love (Anthony de Mello)

 

 

 

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Receiving Gifts

December 31, 2017

As we wrap up this year, Jason Minnix leads a time of reflection and meditation through the practice of Lectio Divina [Isaiah 61:10-62:3].

Reflection
Where do I sense meaning and connection this morning?
What gift am I being invited to receive today?

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