During our recent trip to the Mexican border, I was reminded of the importance of human to human contact. A number of pastors and lay leaders travelled from all over Texas to engage with refugees awaiting asylum hearings in the United States.
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Let the same mind be in us
But what did Christ
When he surveyed
This week, several MWF folk joined a pilgrimage to the Mexican border sponsored by Texas Impact, a non-profit focused on lobbying for humane changes in immigration policy.
It feels as though our ancestors
Took our beloved Earth
Placed it on top of a mountain
And pushed it over an edge
There is a vision to be cast in parenting: a vision of how children should be raised, become self-sufficient, good-for-society people. As a parent, I believe it is my job to create said vision for my own children. I plan to do this in tandem with my husband, but I recognize that not all parents have the luxury of having a parenting partner.
When my Mom (Denise Crane), who is a Leader in the Missional Wisdom Foundation, recommended I write about Christian Parenting, I thought How does a parent write about parenting? What makes me an authority on parenting? What makes me an authority on Jesus and what people have termed “following after Christ”?
Imagine a table with a certain number of chairs.
What type of embodiments are envisioned here? Beyond the door frames being accessible, beyond a ramp situation being available, does the table allow a diversity of embodiments to approach and find welcome? Are there hurdles and obstacles for alternative embodiments to cross/scale/overcome?
Dillon Hargrave is the Literacy Director for Neighbors Along the Line and the Missional Wisdom Foundation's Newest Dispersed Community Communicator.
As a woman who is often distracted by many tasks, I have felt belittled—almost shamed—by this story. If there is “only need of one thing,” then what are we going to do when the clean clothes run out and the fridge is empty and the ring in the toilet is getting so aggressive that the kids are nervous?
By Larry Duggins
I lead pilgrimage all the time. The Missional Wisdom Foundation has led eleven pilgrimages—ten to Iona and one to Taizé—and I have had the privilege of walking with 172 pilgrims in those places. I have watched the pilgrimage process transform people by helping them to encounter God in a new or different way. I was transformed myself by my early pilgrimage experiences, learning to feel the presence of the Spirit in a new way. Each time I lead a pilgrimage, I am refreshed and renewed by the Spirit and by the community of pilgrims I am with.
This October, I am walking the Camino with Alexander Shaia and a small group of pilgrims. For 28 days, I will walk and reflect and encounter without being responsible for anyone other than myself. All the rooms are taken care of, all the logistics are handled, and I can remind my Enneagram 8 self that I do not always need to be in charge. Not sure how I am going to handle that, but I am getting ready.
The Camino is a long walk, so I am focusing on getting ready physically. I am ramping up my daily walking, and Wally the dog really likes that. I am going to one of those stretching places so that I can learn ways to better maintain myself. Got trips to the chiropractor and the doc planned just to be fully ready to roll. I feel like I am taking the car to the shop before a long road trip.
I am also thinking about handing off my duties at the Missional Wisdom Foundation while I am away. I am very blessed to be surrounded by a team of excellent leaders and talented coworkers, so that is quite comforting. Frankly, my biggest issue on the work front is feeling a little guilty for asking people who are already busy to watch all my stuff too. Because we lead as a team, there is not a lot of instruction required— they know how to do everything I do—but asking for their help and accepting their gift of time and energy is not easy for me. It’s that fourth quadrant in Simple Harmony—humbly receiving the gifts of others.
I am still working on my spiritual preparation. As I am walking in the mornings now, I am listening to a wonderful podcast called Typology that Denise Crane told me about. It is an interesting series of discussions about the practical implications of Enneagram work, and it is feeding some of my own internal work. Wendi Bernau recently got some really interesting Enneagram training and took me through the best Enneagram “testing” I have encountered. I am really chewing on the results, looking into myself and out into the world. I have a feeling that this might be part of my Camino, but I am not sure. I am praying about guidance from the Spirit, which I am certain will come. I am trying to make space just to listen. I am also sure that I will read some of the very good books Alexander has recommended, but not yet. Right now, I am working with what I have.
So, I find myself in an interesting liminal space. I am getting ready for something that is very familiar, yet completely unknown. I am working with mind, body, and spirit in my preparation, letting go of important things and being reminded that I am simply a part of the whole. That tie into community—into the body of Christ—reminds me that as I walk alone, I will not be alone.
Have you ever heard of the “gay agenda?” That phrase has been used as a threat and attempt to discredit queer folx and imply some sort of sinister intention behind our actions and behavior. However, if you ever ask an LGBTQIA+ person what their gay agenda is, you would find it rather boring. There is no secret. No vile intent. Our agendas consist of chores, dating, bills, binging on Gentleman Jack on HBO.
At the same table
Jesus sits and dines
Takes bread and wine
lets the road ahead,
like this dinner with broken bread,
After all that had been absorbed at National Gathering 2019, all the friendships and connections nurtured, all the conversations and stories shared, all the good food and fun and creativity, all the time taken for reflection and intention, it becomes time to ask: how are we doing now, weeks later, as regular life has returned to us in full force?
“Power tends to corrupt, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” This quote from Lord Acton often is used as a warning when someone gains a position of authority or as an explanation when someone in power behaves badly. Power, it seems, is like fire—play with it, and you’ll likely get burned.
During each of the two National Gatherings, we have included a Taizé Worship Service. Our decision to include Taize is very intentional as that form of worship echoes many of the core themes and values of the MWF.
“Who does God love?”
“A cheerful giver!”
The congregation’s vigorous response echoes around me as I sit terrified and transfixed. I watch people walk to the front to drop money into the offering plate held by my friend Angel.
In the breakout session, “Improv for Community,” we played 3 games from my experiences as an improviser. Through “7 Things,” we practiced the posture of supporting whatever emerged from the mouth of our peer in the circle, who was currently listing 7 things on some make-believe list, giving hilarious, simple, quick, ludicrous, wonderful answers.
I must admit I feel like the least qualified person to discuss Missional Inclusion through the lens of Ethnicity. Who am I to think, as a white cis-gendered straight man, that I have anything to say? Do we need another white guy talking about inclusion? My prayer is that the audacity that is the gospel of Christ might give me something to say.
“I was excited to lead this session, since this is a topic that's very close to my heart. It went extremely well; people were willing to share their stories about times they felt isolated, which was one of the points of the session. Most of the time was spent sharing stories. I think we all learned from each other.”