I've Been Meaning to Ask
A Series for Worship and Reflection
“How can we listen to one another?
How do we find connection despite physical and ideological distance?
How do we create space for compassionate dialogue and for seeking the holy
in one another?”
In a world that is feeling more and more divisive, in times when people are digging deeper and deeper into their positions and stereotyping anyone who disagrees with them, how can our faith help us bridge gaps and bring us to a healthier place? It begins with courageous conversations.
All courageous conversations begin with simple questions and the curiosity to truly listen.
This series begins with questions that lead you deeper into the heart of the matter — and deeper into connection with God and one another.
We hope this series helps you disrupt assumptions, cultivate curiosity, foster listening, and, God willing, find deeper connections to one another.
A Small Group Opportunity
Mondays @ 7 pm on Zoom, Oct. 10-31
Tuesdays @ noon in person, Oct. 11 – Nov. 1
(bring your lunch if you wish)
Our stories and experiences are gifts we can share with others. We’ll gather weekly to reflect on the theme of the week, watch a short video, and have courageous conversations as we learn to tell our own stories, listen to each other’s, and in the intersection, find glimpses of God.
Where are you from?
In order to build connection and trust, we need to listen to each other’s stories and experiences to learn who and what has shaped us. We also need to feel seen and known for who we are. We affirm the particularity of our identities while also acknowledging our common ground. Formed from the dust and God’s very breath in the garden of Eden, we have a common home, a shared birthplace, and a collective calling: to sustain and care for all of creation.
The question, “Where are you from?” is sometimes coupled with assumptions, judgments, and even microaggressions—all of which can be exhausting and painful to receive. This week we acknowledge, disrupt, and release the assumptions we hold about others.
Where does it hurt?
All of us have known pain and suffering. In order to cultivate connection, we must first get curious about the pain others carry and the pain we carry ourselves. Before we can act, we must first acknowledge and believe the pain is real, for bearing witness to each other’s pain helps us cultivate compassion.
What do you need?
We all have needs and we need each other. And we each have unique needs; we can’t assume to know what is best for others. What are your needs, priorities, and desires? It can sometimes be difficult to discern from one situation to the next.
Beaten and imprisoned, Paul writes to Timothy with a simple request: “Come quickly.” He lists those who abandoned him, but says, “I hope that God doesn’t hold it against them!” In his greatest moment of need, Paul doesn’t need revenge, but instead asks for companionship. In essence, this is what we all need—for someone to come quickly, to gather the items we need, and to simply show up.
Where do we go from here?
This final question is not meant to be the end of the journey; instead, it creates openness to explore together what is next. Our hope is that we keep cultivating curiosity, asking questions, having conversations, and seeking connection in order to humanize and care for each other. Ultimately, this final question invites us to foster hope and imagination, and to create a new reality together.
You'll need to register for the class to receive the zoom link. Whether you attend the zoom class or the in person class, by registering here you will receive a link to download the study guide.