What has your church learned through the last 7 months? (ok – I imagine that first question was enough to cause you to stop reading, but I invite you to push through the sense of “ugh” and see where it leads.) The initial hypothesis for the series of newsletter...
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.
Rev. Susan Brims
District Superintendent-East District
Phoenix, AZ 85014
P.O. Box 32830
Phoenix, AZ 85064
Administrative Assistant-East District