8 months into being an Elder and right when I feel like we are getting somewhere it feels like things are falling apart. I’ll forever be grateful for this experience however it ends up. But it’s so hard to manage people’s expectations of us and church. I wish there were communities more willing to ask

Any foster parents out there? Wife and I are starting the license process soon.

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"I believe the church is called to the slow and difficult work of healing. We are called to enter into one another’s pain, anoint it as holy, and stick around no matter the outcome." --

Meditation 

Pray for as long as it takes you to get to a ‘yes’ - Rohr

If you point with too fine a point
And too steady a hand
At that which is found along every point in every direction
You will have hit exactly that which you have aimed

Duolingo is dope. And my new obsession. Seems to be replacing the time I’d have spent on social media.

Meditation 

After 11 mnths I’ve started setting aside time for meditation. My new practice is mostly outdoors and late winter in Indiana meant bundling up. Not sure if it’s the gap of time from my last consistent practice or if it’s this new outdoor element but it’s been surprisingly difficult to get back on the bike. Though I do really enjoy it, I’ve found it is far from where I left off. I used to do a lot of body scans which would whisk me away. Now in the cold it’s been much more difficult.

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There are many paths up the mountain. The only path which is the wrong path is that of the person whose path goes around the mountain telling everyone else that their path is wrong.

What’s the enlightened/loving/contemplative way to tell my boss he’s a petulant child?

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I went to school to be a teacher & was taught to move away from the 'conduit' model of teaching, but to help students come to their own understanding through a variety of activity, reading, sm & lg group discussion, as well as lecture if needed.

Recently it hit me... Education is following advances in psychological understanding... why not the church?

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"But as St Antony the Great says, “God no more turns from the sinner than the sun ceases to shine for the blind.” Distinguishing between ontological separation and existential alienation helps us see the both/and of the Father’s unfailing love and the depths of our experience our experience in my abyss — which is exactly where God found me."

~ Brad Jersak

Thoughts on this safe space. 

That doesnt make them right. And it certainly doesnt make anyone wrong for pain they may feel. But it does mean that if we want to build a great big beautiful world. Then we should attempt to see ourselves as more than our emotions and others as more than their responses. But if you dont wanna create a great big beautiful world. Fuck it. I love you too and Im just glad we’re here in the same space together. An idealist and a realist or however we may appear different

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Thoughts on this safe space. 

What I think conservative Christianity has wrong, and why churches often dont feel like safe spaces is that they put a timeline on the sanctification of people. It feels as if we have to have our shit together before we become part of the community. Safe space I think must give people the comfort to find themselves. We don’t assume any timeline. Thus, that person may never apologize the way you want because they may not understand how they hurt you. And they may never

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Thoughts on this safe space. 

Friends I love you. And I will assume that you love me. We must attempt to be empathetic. Remember that a safe space can let people feel free. And sometimes when we feel that comfort we let loose perhaps as we cannot do anywhere else. Give grace to one another when one may be feeling playful and another feeling vulnerable. We will respond to each other poorly. We’ll get it wrong. We are still human and this is still a woefully inadequate text based experience.

@andyenochs I should mention I hate most party games and charade based games are the devil incarnate.

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Tabletop Games
Yo, what are some of your favorite tabletop games that are easy to pickup and share with beginner family? Bonus points for age range starting around 8.

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