The work of the people. Our weekly rhythm of being together as a larger community to WORSHIP and CONFESS, to engage SCRIPTURE and PRAYER, to celebrate EUCHARIST, and to be sent back into the city with a BENEDICTION each and every week.
How might we foster hope among so much grief and cyclical injustice in the world? Christopher Mack begins this season of Advent slowing down to glimpse with the prophet Isaiah, a word that might remake our world. [Isaiah 2:1-5]
What ruts of routine or quicksands of status quo are constraining your life or world?
How might you move in ways congruent with your openness to hope?
Is there a place of deadly chaos you are lamenting? How might that be an act of hope?
Sometimes by David Whyte https://www.themarginalian.org/2020/08/19/david-whyte-sometimes/
Tracks of a Fellow Struggler: Living and Growing through Grief by John Claypool
Rise Up Shepherd: Advent Reflection on the Spirituals by Luke Powery
Whose Apocalypse Is It Anyway?
How might I endure in the presence of fear without being overcome by it? Christopher Mack looks at an apocalyptic biblical text, and how it invites us to reflect on our own fears, challenges, tragedies, and violence in light of the Jesus Way. [Luke 21:5-8, 10-13, 17-19]
How might the name of Jesus guide and ground you in chaotic and troubling times?
Where might you be led astray by easy answers, charismatic personalities, shiny spectacles, or a group to scapegoat?
What is essential about your life that you must not betray in challenging times?
Pope Francis Discusses LGBTQ Catholics with James Martin SJ In Private Vatican Audience by Gerard O’Connell
As we recount God’s goodness, what are the ways we’re invited to embody that goodness for others? Weylin Lee explores how we might embody the goodness of Christ in seasons of disruption and challenge. [Psalm 145: 1-5, 17-21]
In what ways are we invited to participate in restorative justice?
How might we practice proximity with the most vulnerable?
What is our work in advocating for the liberation of those who are marginalized?
Be the Bridge: Pursuing God’s Heart for Racial Reconciliation by LaTasha Morrison
The Power of Proximity: Moving Beyond Awareness to Action by Michelle Ferrigno Warren
This Here Flesh: Spirituality, Liberation, and the Stories that Make Us by Cole Arthur Riley
Embodying an Ecology of Participation
What is our connection to the environment, our faith, one another, and our bodies? Christopher Mack closes our series on participation by leaning into our call “to care for and serve the earth we belong to.” [Romans 8:19-23; 12:18]
Where do you see creation groaning for renewal?
How does the lament of creation show up in you?
How might right-sizedness toward creation invite hopeful participation?
Dr. Robert Bullard: Father of Environmental Justice
Becoming Rooted: One Hundred Days of Reconnecting with Sacred Earth by Randy Woodley
Sympathy by Paul Laurence Dunbar
Vox Veniae’s Values
How do we navigate the messiness of our humanity together? Kimberly Culbertson reflects on messages of codependency versus interdependency in our faith community and beyond. [2 Timothy 4]
When have you been tempted to carry other people’s loads? When have you been tempted to let others carry your load?
Can you make space this week to practice interdependence? To do so, will you lean toward offering care or asking for care?
Vox Veniae’s Values
Cultivating Our Soul
What is the movement that we are invited to as we cultivate our souls? Weylin Lee explores how tending our souls centers us around love, invites us into harmony with others, and forms us in humility. [Romans 12:9-16]
When it comes to our participation, how are we invited to tend our soul and create space for others?
How is spiritual formation, both individually and collectively, an act of our participation?
Vow of Nonviolence by Eileen Egan and Rev. John Dear, S.J.
Love is the Way: Holding on to Hope in Troubling Times by Bishop Michael Curry
Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don’t Know by Adam Grant
Vox Veniae’s Values
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Great team of preachers that consistently deliver thoughtful sermons in the implications of faith and life.