Our first “Falling Upward” book group met yesterday morning, and it was a wonderful gathering! We will continue meeting through November. We would love to have you join us!
Each group stands on its own, so you can join us in November any Wednesday 10:00 – 11:00 am (except Nov. 25th) or Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm. We will be meeting in room 230 each week. And don’t worry if you haven’t been able to get the book by Richard Rohr… (Which is, however, also available on Kindle and Audible through Amazon.
This is more than a book study. It is also an introduction to “Circles of Trust” that are based on writings by Parker Palmer and “The Center for Courage and Renewal.”
This way of being together in in a small group invites participants into a soulful depth that is in ways similar to the small covenant groups that the Wesley brothers and friends participated in over 200 years ago . . . and that sparked a revival that became known as the Methodist Movement.
We begin each meeting by reading and reflecting on a guiding covenant called “Touchstones for Circle of Trust.” It gives shape to our time together, but also can have positive influence on how we meet challenges and are with other people throughout the day and week . . .
Come be a part of this powerful movement in the Spirit that begins with circles of trust that enable us to experience God’s life-giving and transforming Presence more deeply and more often . . .
Grace and peace,
In the closing of our group yesterday, one of the participants read this from a recent meditation by Richard Rohr:
Desmond Tutu explains the beautiful Nguni Bantu (from Southern Africa) word ubuntu, which roughly translates “human kindness” or, as Tutu says, “the essence of being human”:
Ubuntu speaks particularly about the fact that you can’t exist as a human being in isolation. It speaks about our interconnectedness. You can’t be human all by yourself, and when you have this quality — Ubuntu — you are known for your generosity. We think of ourselves far too frequently as just individuals, separated from one another, whereas you are connected and what you do affects the whole world. When you do well, it spreads out; it is for the whole of humanity.
We don’t need to be stingy once we live inside the Gospel. We now enjoy a world of Abundance and Infinite Source. That pretty much changes everything.
Gateway to Silence
“Be the change you wish to see in the world.” — Gandhi