On the topic of belonging and togetherness On the topic of belonging and togetherness among communities of Jesus followers, I think it’s helpful to ask the question, who’s responsibility is it to foster belonging among a group of people? While there’s [obviously] no black and white answer to the question, I think it’s worth … Continue reading Beyond Passive Belonging
Our ember conversation — belonging and togetherness In our little Ember-sphere, we've had some super helpful [I think they're helpful] conversations around the idea of belonging. We are all working toward the goals of the organization, which are narrow and specific, but we are also becoming good friends in the process. So, our topic of … Continue reading Some real life thoughts on belonging and togetherness.
What about me? [Church as Family] In my article, Church family? Or maybe we just call it family?, I spoke mainly to those who find themselves within a more typical church structure — gathering on Sunday to worship together and to hear a message, meeting on Wednesdays for small groups. But there are also followers of … Continue reading What about me? Church as Family. A conversation for the outliers.
When you think of family… What do we think of when we hear the phrase healthy family? Whether or not our natural families measure up to our ideal, I’m sure we can think of an ideal. I love you no matter what. I have your back. No matter your decisions I love you and I … Continue reading Church family? Or maybe we just call it family?
A Conversation of Authentic Church. We can begin here. Authentic church. I have had some really helpful and insightful [along with some challenging and difficult] conversations around the topic of church. Some of these conversations are based on articles I've written, if you missed them the first time around, here are a few you're welcome … Continue reading Authentic Church. Is this really about structure?
Who are the Religiously Disillusioned [or Spiritually Tired]? I’ve been using this language lately, the religiously disillusioned [or spiritually tired]. I thought it would be a helpful way forward for us if I defined my terms. So in 800 [ish] words, this is the individual I’m describing when I say the religiously disillusioned and this … Continue reading Religiously Disillusioned [Or Spiritually Tired]?
The start of a conversation I have had the incredible opportunity to participate in Yoga Instructor Training with a group of amazing humans — all from different backgrounds and different religious [or not] perspectives. Our training includes a mixture of practicum, anatomy, and philosophy. A few months into our training, as we were discussing a … Continue reading Have we entered the conversation? Light of the world — Phil Rice
Starting from Scratch Becky and I have had several individuals/couples reach out to us over the last couple of months asking about gathered church. In each case they moved from one place to another and are having trouble connecting with like minded followers of Jesus in their new environment. Each conversation starts with a discussion … Continue reading 3 ideas on starting Church from scratch — Phil Rice
Friendship with God. I wrote an article on Bonheoffer’s perspective of the meditative life last July called, connectedness over time — meditation. The theme has come up several times in conversation and in my own thoughts these last few months. So, I thought I would elaborate on the subject of friendship with God through meditation … Continue reading 3 thoughts on friendship with God and where to go from there — Phil Rice
I will be measured only by what He asked of me [his path for me] When I stand before God at the end of my life, I will not be measured by what others expected of me, I will be measured only by what He asked if me. This is from my process in the … Continue reading 3 thoughts on walking your unique path — Phil Rice