Spirit Alive: Sometimes Walking the Talk Means...
Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog that looks at different aspects of mission and ministry throughout the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and beyond.
April 24, 2018
With Heart, Soul, and Mind:
Talking Kindly...but also Listening with Compassion
Are you open to being curious? Are you able to be kind? Are you wiling to listen?
Sometimes we share space with others, without sharing our hearts and minds in community-building ways. Sometimes we avoid the tough subjects altogether, but somehow think we understand one another. Sometimes we miss the opportunity to deepen our relationships and gain new insights, because we don't take the time needed to sit down with those who have different life experiences and perspectives from us...and as a result, we fail to understand others fully.
The Table Talk experience is designed to help us break through some of these barriers and come out the other side with greater understanding and a willingness to become the church in a more profound and loving way. I hope you will decide to join a Table Talk in your area. In order to register, simply click here. I think you'll find it to be a powerful experience.
Gathering in these ways is at the heart of our Methodist tradition. Years ago, John Wesley created class meetings as a way for Early Methodists to gather regularly in small groups in order to share their life experiences and journeys of faith with one another.
We may not always feel like we are "united," but we Methodists. And...if we are able to re-claim the spirit and conversational nature of our historical roots, we may discover that there is more that we share in common than we originally thought. I hope you'll be a part of a Table Talk in your area...and begin the conversation with others.
Let us walk in the light of God's love,
Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog and email by Rev. Lowell Greathouse, Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference. It seeks to identify where the spirit is alive in our congregations and communities. Check out past editions, or subscribe to the email list.