Believing our lives have a meaning and purpose which extend God's realm of love

God's healing and loving movement in the world is not a spectator sport. It requires human participation. This means that all our lives are meant to further extend God’s love through our own unique gifts, quirks and abilities. This partnership with God is not just for those who are paid to work in churches and ministries. It involves each member of a community working toward the wholeness that God seeks to foster in the world. 
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“The Long Road to Freedom” by Jacqui Lewis

SERMONS  |  Convergence Network

Dr. Jacqui Lewis is Senior Minister Middle Collegiate Church in the East Village of Manhattan. Middle Church is a dynamic 900-member multiracial, multicultural, inclusive congregation in which everyone is welcome just as they are as they come through the door. Lewis is also the Executive Director of The Middle Project, an institute that prepares ethical leaders for a more just society....

God and Guns

COMMENTARY  |  Convergence Network

Riverside Church in the City of New York, in partnership with Everytown for Gun Safety, hosts "God and Guns: Faith Leaders Address Gun Violence", an intensive training on gun violence for faith leaders. Interview segments include Rev. Rachel Johnson, Rev. Rob Schenck, Lucy McBath, and Abigail Disney (director of the documentary film "Armor Of Light"). Filmed & edited for Manhattan Neighborhood Network....

Matthew 19:26 Artwork

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Franklin Fong

Matthew 19:26

Beautiful artwork by Father Franklin Fong and the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara illustrating Matthew 19:26 — "With God all things are possible."...

Courage: Philippians 4: 12-14 Artwork

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Franklin Fong

Philippians 4: 12-14

A beautiful hi-resolution illustration of Philippians 4: 12-14, painted by Father Franklin Fong of the Franciscan Friars of Santa Barbara....

The Relational Body

COMMENTARY  |  Søren Lorenzen

Isaiah 40 - 66

This resource is a short analysis on the concept of name in Isa 40-66. It reveals how human beings universally are called by name, given an ultimate narrative and is deemed honorable by sheer existence. Further, it illuminates how human beings are intersubjectively connected and are responsible for each other in our differing proximate contexts....

Church Planting Workbook

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Cameron Trimble

If you are interested in starting a church, check out this workbook on Church Planting and then take the online course at http://www.progressiverenewal.org....

Blessings For Getting The News ArtWork

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Living Lectionary

http://paintedprayerbook.com/2016/07/27/blessing-for-getting-the-news/

Artwork and Poetry "Grace In The Dark"
When we get news from someone, death or other, this artwork touches a sweet place for the heart. Jan Richardson- poem as well. ...

TEACHING GUIDE TO VIOLENCE- FRANCE

SMALL GROUPS  |  Living Lectionary

Psalm 10

https://faithelement.net/nice-france-teaching-guide/

A teaching guide and Resource on violence that had happened in France
Great Questions and How to discuss the Violence. ...

Called For a Purpose: podcast

COMMENTARY  |  Living Lectionary

Isaiah 42:1-9

https://faithelement.net/9-03-called-for-a-purpose/

We feel acceptable or unacceptable in God's Eyes... A podcast on perspective regarding who God loves. ...

Thoughts from the Prairie Table blog

OTHER RESOURCES  |  Thoughts from the Prairie Table

1 Corinthians 4:1

Thoughts from the Prairie Table blog seeks to provide creative theological understandings of God, and how we live together. There's not much to this...just a simple way to share at the table of our Lord. "Consider us this way,...stewards of God's mysteries." 1 Corinthians 4.1...

Purpose Episode 1: Vocatio—Finding and Doing What Brings You Fully Alive

COMMENTARY  |  Darkwood Brew

“Vocatio” refers to a calling into our life’s work. This is the first episode of an eight-part series that features people from a variety of professions reflecting on their sense of “call,” how they responded to it, and what it means both for them and those they interact with and influence. Explore the ways that finding your “sweet spot” – the work in your life that brings you most fully alive – is a deep spiritual practice with ancient Christian roots, and possibly even an accelerant for the work of the Spirit in our world today. Because this series explores vocatio through the lens of each of the seven “Dark Wood gifts” identified in Dr. Elnes’ book, Gifts of the Dark Wood: Seven Blessings for Soulful Skeptics (and Other Wanderers), it is a great follow-up to our” Gifts of the Dark Wood” series, or accompaniment to those reading the book. This series stands great on its own, too....

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