You are welcome to get on and off the bus whenever you wish. What we are trying to do with Living Local is invite hospitable places of exploration for those on the journey of being church with neighbors. Each of us, from our various congregations, share similar and different questions as we go along the way.
So joining Living Local is really about joining a community of conversation partners. These serve as learning spaces to hear from one another and God, and to discover new ways forward in the midst of confusing and complex times. In fact, the day and age we find ourselves in is quite different terrain we have been in prior. We need one another’s companionship now more than ever.
If you have an interest in sharing your learnings with us, joining with others who are finding their way, and meeting new companions from around the synod this is for you.
Living Local Listening Events is the very place for us to begin since we are working to better understand where we are now, and where God is calling us to go. The Listening Events are intended for clergy and lay folks alike.
You can expect a variety of folks from different churches to participate. The morning involves listening to one another and to God, being companions along the way learning what we are seeing as common blessings and challenges of being church in today’s complex world. The goal of our gathering is primarily to learn from one another by listening to what we are seeing and observing in our various contexts. Bring a team from your church, and pass this along to any and all passionate lay folks interested in congregational mission and leadership. You will go home not only energized for the journey, but with next-step action ideas on how best your church might move forward.