Bicentennial Capital Campaign

(Yes, the Capital Campaign page is on a site for contemplative practice).

A Future of Grace:

Living as a Community of Prayer, Compassion, and Belonging

We are intentionally grounding the conversations with the Campaign in a contemplative posture, one that is centered in shared prayer, listening, practices of silence, and the cultivation of trust–in the Spirit’s movement and in our shared life as a community.  The past six years have shown us that a contemplative posture can nurture and support the development of ministries within a parish in concrete and sustainable ways.

We reflected together on the way we always experience pressure to accomplish, the gravity of a task-oriented approach so common in a program-maintenance model.  Together, we will explore it might look like to recognize our tendency to grasp onto what Fr. Thomas Keating describes as our emotional programs for happiness: the urge we have to over-fixate on survival and security; affection and esteem; and power and control.  In what can be a pressured situation, how are we invited to be aware of our ego’s tendency to grasp and control?  How does the Spirit invite us to yield to God’s compassionate flow in our lives–as we live together in a community?

We have used this video from Br. David Steindl-Rast in our ongoing conversations:

In any campaign, there are pressures and anxieties, and we know that there will be many points along the way where have many details to accomplish; however, we recognize that the way we approach these details matters enormously.  Specifically, we will look at major renovations to our nave, narthex, and choir loft.  In addition, we need transportation for the community, and we will explore the potential for a multi-purpose space for children and youth.  We will “accomplish” a lot; however, what will be our greatest “accomplishment” is the continued formation of this spiritual community as we step into our third century of shared ministry.

To help us ground ourselves, we will ground ourselves in the images from this collect:

61. A Prayer of Self-Dedication

Almighty and eternal God, so draw our hearts to thee, so
guide our minds, so fill our imaginations, so control our wills, that we may be wholly thine, utterly dedicated unto thee; and then use us, we pray thee, as thou wilt, and always
to thy glory and the welfare of thy people; through our Lord and Savior Jesus ChristAmen. (BCP. 832).

We will say this prayer every Sunday in our liturgies, beginning our services with a reminder of our common prayer and discernment.  This shared prayer will also make us mindful of those offering their time and talents in helping lead the many aspects of the campaign.

You can click HERE to go to the parish’s webpage that holds all the details for the campaign itself.

I am so grateful for the opportunity to share in this experience, and I am thankful for each and every person who is giving of themselves in this community!

Finally, this is the video from Br. David Steindl-Rast that we used to conclude the presentation.  We reminded ourselves at the beginning and the end that our contemplative posture fills us with gratitude.

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