Thursday, October 19, 2017

ccda 2017 detroit: Cross

A group from our area enjoyed 4 days in "The D" (Detroit) between October 4-7, for the annual national conference of Christian Community Development Association.  (CCDA)

This year's theme, RESILIENCE, was a powerful and needed word.  In fact, our first speaker, Haman Cross, from Detroit, spoke on these 4 contributing factors that build resilience:

#1 A Refreshing Sense of Purpose

Be reminded of why you're here.  In the Biblical story of Jesus multiplying the loaves and fishes, the story concludes with the disciples being told "to gather up the fragments so that nothing is wasted."  We need to be about gathering up the fragments.

#2 Ride or Die Partners

We all need a few "ride or die" partners...people who stand with and stick with us in the journey of our call and faith. 

#3 Raw passion to survive and thrive and to do something significant

God often pushes us into work in which we feel inadequate, ill-equipped, unprepared for the challenges.  We need to stay close to Christ in the work in order to keep the vision and passion alive and to be sure that we're "on the right wall".  (Cross talked about how we can be climbing a ladder of success only to look and find it's up against the wrong wall).

#4 Reality of God's Presence

Live in the reality of God's presence, power, and faithfulness.  We will find our resilience in Him, not in the situations and circumstances in which we find ourselves.

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

may we become wounded healers

 I so look forward to this in my email inbox each day.  Thank you, Sojourners. 

Verse and Voice
verse of the day

Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff — they comfort me. 

- Psalm 23:4
voice of the day

In violence, we forget who we are.

- Mary McCarthy
prayer of the day

Lord, we bring to you our vulnerability, our wounds, our pain, and our growth. By the power of your forgiving love, help us also to become wounded healers. 

- Common Prayer