Being involved with the CGS AND LDI has been an amazing experience! Mixing the heart of the CGS community AND the passion (and incredible perspective) of Natalie has elevated my appreciation for the work that CGS does WEEKLY and my appreciation for the greater Episcopal community. To know that the Episcopal community is just as supportive and invested in the wellness of our world as our individual parish is... it proves that the vision of the greater community and the parish are one.
Contemplative living, cultivated through practice, is one that is about living intentionally, through presence, compassionate allowing, and awareness. It is more than a method of prayer and it does not end when we move throughout our day.
We, the members of team “Liberation,” are organizing the members of the Church of Our Redeemer, Lexington, to free them from the dominant “achievement culture,” through using our vibrant church community and our faith in a God of abundance and unconditional love to decrease member’s stress and increase their feelings of connection, resilience and inherent worth, by forming an alternative worship offering that might appeal to or allow participation by more people, to achieve an increase in the size and participation level of our parish community.
Uncertainty. It's always there. The ground is always shifting a bit beneath us, whether we are aware of it or not. We cannot control everything, whether we like it or not. Are Heraclitus said so long ago, "There is nothing permanent except change."
Below, read about the Holy 7, who are a class of students from the Episcopal Divinity School (EDS), and St. Mary's Social Justice Action (SMSJA), a team that developed out of the group of young adults in their 20s and 30s at St. Mary's Episcopal Church in Dorchester.
My favorite Bible passage is Acts 2, where we see the beginning of what is now called the church, the Body of Christ. The Holy Spirit literally breathes life into this new body: first through the apostles, then through the ears of new converts. We see a community come together, sharing all they have and looking to meet the needs of their world.
LDI constantly explores the intersection of contemplative practice and social action. Two weeks ago, that exploration took me on a trip with other contemplative activists, where I sat with an Episcopal monk who has been committed to contemplative prayer for decades.
Since the Formation Program launch at the end of January, our seven Formation teams have been hard at work discerning the needs of their communities and working to address injustice. Each team has developed an organizing sentence that names the constituency, purpose, theory of change and strategic goal of their campaign.
LDI is thrilled to support our participants on their journey of discipleship. Here are the most updated organizing sentences from each team:
In many faith congregations and community organizations, there has been much recent discussion about the different strategies and tactics the Church can use to support undocumented people who are facing deportation.
"We are better together."
This is a motto that I embrace in my work with UniteBoston to build bridges across Christians. However, at LDI's Foundation of Leadership course in January, I realized that UniteBoston's leadership structure was not as strong as it could be. We have an awesome team of volunteers, but as the founding director of the organization, I tend to place the burden responsibility of tasks and execution on myself.