Change is not an extreme makeover. Real change happens slowly and through time, when we learn to confront our loss.
NBC News President Steve Kapas defended the release of the tapes and pictures amid concerns. “This is as close as we’ll ever come to being in the mind of a killer,” Kapas said Thursday.
Out of Ur writes about the death of the emerging church, as it becomes less trendy.
Jonny Baker’s thoughts are worth looking at.
In her book After Empire, Sharon D Welch talks about Iris Marion Young’s “political functions of storytelling”:
- Storytelling may bring into public discourse an experience of oppression that is not recognized within existing categories of immoral or criminal activity. The example that Young gives is sexual harassment. Through personal stories, such experiences have moved from being regarded as merely a private matters to a widespread recognition of the social and political ramifications of such an abuse of power.
- When people disagree about what counts as a social problem or how social conflicts can best be addressed, narrative may reveal “the source of values, priorities, or cultural meanings.” It is easier to engage in productive disagreement and conflict when we more thoroughly understand the multiple reasons that people have for holding ideas we may see as erroneous or dangerous.
- Narrative can help us understand the effects that policies and actions are likely to have on individuals in different social situations. No matter how open our understanding, we cannot know the world from all locations and from all points of view. We need the insights of others to overcome our stereotypes and limited vision.
First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Longmont Colorado does a great job in presenting their Proposed Budget on the web. It is easily understandable. It starts with focus on what we are doing which then is turned into numbers.
A forum for Lutherans exploring the Emerging movement in the Church.
Integrity requires congruence. The goal is not so much congregational perfection as consistency. Within a congregation, the ideal is to have three views of the congregation aligned:
- what you say about your church
- what people perceive your church to be
- what an objective analysis of your church would reveal
W. Graig Gilliam talks about need for lessened anxiety and listening skills to create community.
For communication to occur, some level of communion or connection is a must. When those two comm words happen, a thirdcomm word constellates — community. Listening openly and honestly is a powerful way to communion/connection. In the silence of listening, we feel this comm, the silence of oneness.