Gatherings in This Season of Reflection and Transition

 

Points to ponder for the March 26 & 28 Congregational Conversation

“To nurture transformation through spiritual practices and learning that reconnects us to our Source and empowers us to be salt and light in the world”

  1. Share a story about a time when you had an experience at First Met that “nurtured transformation through spiritual practices and learning that reconnected you to our Source and empowered you to be salt and light in the world.”
  2. In your personal life, what do you do that nurtures you and reconnects you to our Source, empowering you to be salt and light in the world?
  3. What might First Met consider incorporating or eliminating in our programming to help the congregation “To nurture transformation through spiritual practices and learning that reconnects us to our Source and empowers us to be salt and light in the world”?

The Transition Team invites ALL First Met members and adherents to come to a series of gatherings to share experiences, focus on what matters most to us as followers of Jesus, harvest our collective wisdom and revitalize and rededicate ourselves to common hopes and purposes for our faith community. “This is the power of gathering: It inspires us, delightfully, to be more hopeful, more joyful, more thoughtful: in a word, more alive.” (Alice Waters)

Happily, there is no need to “reinvent the wheel” in identifying core values and beliefs or crafting a new vision statement (usual starting points for Interim Ministry). Much such work has been done in recent years in conceiving and adopting First Met’s Vision and we’ve chosen it as the starting point:

Our Vision:
  • To be an alive, welcoming and inclusive Christian Community for all ages
  • To enter into worship that draws us closer to our Creator, enabling us to be active followers of Jesus in our communities
  • To nurture transformation through spiritual practices and learning that reconnects us to our
  • Source and empowers us to be salt and light in the world
  • To reach out with compassion and respect, seeking justice and healing within our church, our community and beyond

We intend our gatherings to bring us into community, revive our memories of what matters most to us, and foster serious discussion of how we are doing in each of these four areas and how we can deepen and possibly expand our vision.

Each week will feature two opportunities to join in on one of the four parts of “Our Vision”:

  • Sundays (12:15 to 2:15) – March 12, 19, and 26 and April 2
  • Tuesdays (7:00 to 9:00) – March 14, 21, and 28 and April 4

Come as often as you wish. And if you cannot come, send messages with others or email Transition Team members.

In days gone by for many, “Talk was the mental fire you would gather around in the evening. It occupied a big part of your existence.” (Dylan Moran) In building toward consensus, “The more interpretations we gather, the easier it becomes to gain a sense of the whole.” (Margaret Wheatley)

May we join as one in rekindling the fires of enthusiasm for what we can only do together through First Met and its ministries, embracing legacies we still hold, and beginning to envision hopeful paths ahead.