If we want to stay connected, and dodge life-diminishing isolation, we have to re-invent ways of being together during this covid 19 season. No sooner have changing circumstances made old ways too risky, than some folks immediately begin creating new ones.
Our family tradition includes a devotional gathering before the Thanksgiving Feast. This year that gathering will happen via Zoom. One blessing of this digital connection is that the oldest grandchild, Kasey, will be able to join us—wherever she happens to be. Kasey is a mental health officer in the US Army. She is on assignment with her unit, somewhere, assisting local medical resources overwhelmed by the current health crisis.
Friends, I will be attending a multi-part on-line seminar sponsored by Spiritual Directors International, that begins this week on Wednesday. The theme is, Knowing how important it is that we grow our spiritual and emotional resilience, I invite you to consider participating. Act now as the first class begins at noon ET, November 18. The rest of the classes on on Wednesdays in December. – KCW
There are unfolding happenings in our world; damage that has happened (fiery California), is happening now (pandemic), and will happen in the future (population die off from famine), that you cannot possibly prepare for if you are deathly afraid of death. We must build spiritual resilience and learn to grieve.
Command; “Be prepared.” This can be an easy order to obey or it can be neigh on to impossible.
Friends, I highly recommend this workshop to all pastors and anyone who participates in caring for others—oh yes, that is pretty much everyone. We are already seeing new depths of anxiety as we face the Covid 19 pandemic together. Other predicaments will come our way and our churches need to be ready to address a major and ongoing mental and spiritual health crisis. Be prepared, as they say, and do not be caught unawares.
I would like to introduce you to the family of Melissa and Matt Fink. They have four children, Isaiah is 11, Maya 9, Hudson 4 and Malaya 3.
Is it possible for us to adopt and adapt to a new vision of wealth and create with our lives a new story and a new community of mutual care motivated by Just Love?
BRIAN McLAREN is an author, speaker, activist and public theologian. A former college English teacher and pastor, he is a passionate advocate for “a new kind of Christianity” that is just, generous and working with people of all faiths for the common good. He is the author of more than 20 books.
Our favorite family event this week was a hike with Micah, Jen, Audrey and Noah to one of our nearby trails, Rockstall Nature Preserve. Here’s my favorite quotes…