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October 24, 2021
Empathy and Dignity: Jesus's example and teaching calls disciples to empathy—seeking to understand rather than persuade. At the same time, his same example and teaching also calls disciples to action—considering power dynamics to institute justice in a full realization of the upsidedown kingdom. Following in the footsteps of Jesus requires seeking both peace and justice that respect the dignity of all.
October 17, 2021
Authenticity and Transformation: Jesus calls his followers to speak from the heart, contributing our own thinking and experience rather than judging others. The early church demonstrates that intention and creativity in bringing people together for such sharing in community, when guided by the Holy Spirit, can bring transformation.
October 10, 2021
As we work together, recognizing, evaluating and valuing our different ways of engaging conflict, we can invite the best in ourselves and others so that the Body may be Spirit-filled. Following Jesus’ example of true dialogue--listening together for deeper insights and questions--moves beyond the fighting matches or avoidance we often engage in when talking with people with whom we disagree, and offers the possibility of true transformation.
September 26, 2021
Curiosity and Discovery: Jesus calls us to come into conflict with child-like attitudes, attention, and discovery, focusing on what matters. Since the Holy Spirit brings deep understanding while highlighting difference, we can expect to hear God in surprising ways when we are curious, inviting diversity of opinions and ideas.
September 19, 2021
Making Peace a Practice: Inviting God to grapple with us as we face conflict and work toward healing and reconciliation is a part of our faith journey. The story of Jacob and Esau testifies that when we pay attention to conflict's spiritual significance, we can encounter God and experience blessing in wrestling with conflict and in its transformation.