On Monday, February 6, LDI launched the Praxis Community, a new program which will challenge and support leaders in the church. Praxis participants will meet in small circles of learning and support to discuss challenges, build community, and share inspiration. By supporting active church leaders, this Praxis Community will help bring about a church that is responsive, connected to movements for justice, and fostering communities of healing.

The Leadership Team of the Praxis Community consists of a small group of dedicated faith leaders. Most of the team are alumni or current participants in LDI’s Formation Program, which teaches basic community organizing skills and contemplative prayer practices. The Praxis Leadership team contain both clergy and unordained people; they vary in age, gender, race, sexual orientation; they vary in our settings of ministry and leadership. And, they share a vision of a church that is responsive and relevant.

Together last Monday, the Praxis Leadership Team gathered to define how they would be taking responsibility for supporting leaders like them to become the new church. They asked the questions: Why do many leaders in the church feel isolated? And, what if leaders in the church were trained and supported to live into ways of being the church? What would be possible?

Over the next months, the Praxis Leadership Team will be recruiting and supporting circles of church leaders to be in community, honestly discuss their challenges, and share inspiration and best practices.

On the morning of the Praxis Leadership Team work day on February 6, the team began their day with a devotion led by Rev. Kate Cress. They meditated on the beauty and teaching of the images of unified group of starlings, called ‘murmurations.’ They looped back to the image throughout our day of dreaming together, imagining a church that could be one that moves with shared leadership and that is responsive to its environment. The Praxis Leadership Team is committed to being a part of creating that in the months to come.


The numbers of birds in these groups can run into the thousands, yet they almost never collide. Despite all appearances, leadership is continually shared in a murmuration, a unified group of starlings. The whole flock seems to behave as a single individual, wheeling and turning as one. This beautiful and cohesive movement results from group awareness...synchrony. The remarkable things about starling flocks is their collective motion, their fluidity of motion. The collective group continually changes and transforms as leadership direction changes.