On Sunday, September 16, we launched our Bicentennial Capital Campaign.
A Future of Grace:
Living as a Community of Prayer, Compassion, and Belonging
Here is a video we recorded, of the campaign launch. I will post more information here as we step further into this shared endeavor. We will also include the Power Point slides for easier reference. These next few months will be an intentional time of community prayer and planning, with the pledge and participation phase beginning on January 30 at our Annual Meeting.
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 five 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 safety 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 used this video from Br. David Steindl-Rast to begin our time together:
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 take on the following practices:
- At the beginning of every meeting, all ministry groups will share a time of silence and this prayer.
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 Christ. Amen. (BCP. 832).
- We will also 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.
- We will also hold monthly meditation spaces at the parish, to ground ourselves in a receptive posture that is open to listening for the Spirit’s guidance. To help organize ourselves, we will launch a local group that partners with the World Community for Christian Meditation. http://www.wccm.org.
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…