They knew that it would be a difficult meeting. They were prepared for the fact that some of the people present wouldn’t agree with the direction that the leadership team was suggesting, (not everyone likes to change.) What they didn’t expect was what the psychologist Milton Freidman calls the herding practice. Herding is when someone gathers a group of others to take her or his side against the other side. And it is usually presented that way, as an us against them type of disagreement.
In today’s world we can no longer be a church that sees itself as separate from the communities around us. We are called to make sense of things in a way that builds the connections between what we hold precious in our faith and our calling to be instruments of hope and healing.
When you go through a difficult time, how does it reshape you? I’m not talking about the COVID 20 weight gain. I’m talking about how a time of difficulty impacted who you are, how you live your life.
I wish my mom were here so I could ask questions that I never thought about while she was alive. I do remember a few of the stories she told me about the depression, but today I wish I had listened better.
Weariness is a reality right now. People are weary of COVID, and all the ways the virus has impacted life. The prayer I hear many praying is a prayer of lament, as they name the losses that are so very present.