Next week, I will be attending a three day seminar, entitled Art of Hosting Conversations That Matter: Fostering Conditions for Social Innovation and Community Engagement. When I first heard about this from my friend Dennis, I was immediately interested. The cost of taking it was a problem. I finally decided that it was important enough to invest the time and money to participate, even if it meant taking a bite out of my credit card to do so. The primary host, Kathy, has sent questions to the participants and I want to share them and my answers here. (Incidentally, Dennis is part of the hosting team.) What has attracted you to [...]
I’ve never been very good with resolutions. I start with something grand and ideal and drop the task mid-January. I even tried a photo-a-day project. I got past mid-January, but it fizzled before the first of February. This fondness for failing my resolutions has been the reason I haven’t not tended to make resolutions. In late 2011, I came across the One Word community, started by my friend, Alece. So I decided to consider a word to shape my year for 2012. The word that came to me popped at me through the New Year’s Day sermon at Christ Church Cathedral, given by Archbishop Claude Miller, Metropolitian and Diocesan Bishop [...]
“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen” My word this year was faith. This year, I noticed faith mentioned a lot in the Anglican liturgy, particularly in Scriptures read. I had no idea how my faith would be stretched in 2012. But in August, my company announced they were closing up shop. All 260 0f us would be out of work in February. I started looking for work, not expecting faith to kick in. You see I worked for a hospitality company, in the telecommunications end of the business. In the past, I have had considerations of interest in working at a hotel [...]
He alone is my rock and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be shaken. Psalm 62.6
Faith is hard to maintain at times. I think of Abraham at 98 years, still waiting for the promised son that would come. How long did Abraham have to wait from the time the promise was given? We don’t know. Scripture says “By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old—and Sarah herself was barren—because he considered him faithful who had promised” (Hebrews 11:11, for those who want to look up the reference in context). What do you do to maintain faith?
This year my New Year’s resolution has been simple. I chose faith as my One Word for 2012. Choosing a word for the year is a lot like buying a car. Sometimes it chooses you, sometimes you choose it. But always it defines you. You see your model car everywhere you go, whereas before you bought it, you never saw it. The same with faith. It chose me this year and certainly defines me in ways I never imagined. During services, I am more closely attuned to the scriptures that mention faith, whether being read by a reader or preached about by the preacher. Even when I’m thinking about something else, the [...]