A Hat Trick
Learning New Ways to Support Curiosity and Growth
I trust that you are well and that God’s goodness is rising to meet you wherever you find yourself this day. I have much to be thankful for this past week, not least of which was an opportunity to connect with many Friends (as in Quakers) who were gathered at the Haw River State Park for the Friends World Committee for Consultation section meeting. I got to see people who are not just my friends but who have been important parts of my spiritual community from the Pacific Northwest, the Midwest, Latin America, and the East Coast. I had the opportunity to lead a workshop called: Here Come The Apprentices: Renewal While Helping your Meeting/Church Connect with its Community. If you want to see the outline, slides, handouts, and other materials from the workshop you can visit my website. I intend on turning this into an online series of workshops if there is enough interest so stay tuned for more information on that.
Otherwise, the weather is warming here. Walks in the evening are brighter and warmer. I’ve had a chance to take the motorcycle out (rode to the FWCC meeting). This was my first ride of the season and it was glorious. I’ve also found the interactions with you all over the past week to be really grounding. Feel free to drop a comment below, ask questions for our “Ask a Friend” series, or share what’s bringing you joy right now.
Thanks for reading and sharing!
C. Wess Daniels
Haw River Watershed (Greensboro, NC)
🌞 Now Fresh on Gathering in Light
I have a little trick, it’s kind of silly, but it helps me when I’m in trouble. I do it whenever my attitude isn’t great or I feel resistant about something I have to do.
I call it the “hat trick.”
While I consider myself to be an open person, excited to learn new things, and willing to try new things and experiment, I also notice in myself plenty of times when I start to move in the other direction.
A Mid-Week Post on Nurse Log Notes: Being Connected Vs. Belonging
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🎧 Read, Watch, Listen, Find: Links from Around the Web
There is a really well done podcast mini-series on the death of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. that is out right now called Holy Week. It looks not only at the impact of his death but what was really going on behind the scenes. It’s worth the listen.
I was just writing about Pink Floyd’s epic, Dark Side of the Moon. Well for its 50th anniversary it has been completely remastered and it sounds amazing. You can listen here.
Ecologist and Philosopher David Abram on the Language of Nature and the Secret Wisdom of the More-Than-Human World - Read More here.
📆 Community Happenings (Announcements)
First Friends in Greensboro is hiring! We’re looking for a part-time (50 hours a month) Coordinator of Small Groups. If you happen to know of someone who is detail-oriented, good with people, and enthusiastic, send them the attached job listing and have them contact Lia Scholl (the pastor of First Friends - firstname.lastname@example.org).
🧠 A Final Thought - ‘even the thorn-bush by the wayside is aflame with the glory of God’ (Prayer)
Here is a prayer out of the Walter Rauschenbusch book of prayers “For God and the People: Prayers of the Social Awakening,” which I mentioned recently. I believe at least the middle paragraph can be attributed to St. Basil.
O God, we thank Thee for this universe, our great home; for its vastness and its riches, and for the manifoldness of the life which teems upon it and of which we are part.
We praise Thee for the arching sky and the blessed winds, for the driving clouds and the constellations on high. We praise Thee for the salt sea and the running water, for the everlasting hills, for the trees, and for the grass under our feet. We thank Thee for our senses by which we can see the splendor of the morning, and hear the jubilant songs of love, and smell the breath of the springtime.
Grant us, we pray Thee, a heart wide open to all this joy and beauty, and save our souls from being so steeped in care or so darkened by passion that we pass heedless and unseeing when even the thorn-bush by the wayside is aflame with the glory of God.
Enlarge within us the sense of fellowship with all the living things, our little brothers, to whom thou hast given this earth as their home in common with us. We remember with shame that in the past we have exercised the high dominion of man with ruthless cruelty, so that the voice of the Earth, which should have gone up to thee in song, has been a groan of travail. May we realize that they live, not for us alone, but for themselves and for thee, and that they love the sweetness of life even as we, and serve thee in their place better than we in ours.
When our use of this world is over and we make room for others, may we not leave anything ravished by our greed or spoiled by our ignorance, but may we had on our common heritage fairer and sweeter through our use of it, undiminished in fertility and joy, that so our bodies may return in peace to the great mother who nourished them and our spirits may round the circle of a perfect life in thee.
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