“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.”
As we crest the new year, I feel the wisdom and the calling embedded in Meister Eckhart’s admonition, “Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” What if we didn’t need to already know everything? What if it was not foolish, but rather wise, to be puzzled, uncertain, curious, astonished even? What if what we thought we knew, about life, about love, about each other, was put aside so that we could really listen, really see, really be present to who and what is around us. Then the world would indeed be made new, and we with it. Our families would be made new, and we within them. And our church would be made new, and our relationships within it, all new with engagement, interest and possibility. We could craft it to be the church we need, readjust ourselves to be the people we mean to be, and populate it with the love and wonder of which we sang at Christmas, the love and wonder that anchors the soul.
Soon we will be embarking on a most ambitious enterprise- an all-church (yes, everybody!!) engagement as we learn about each other and decide together what kind of church you want to be, under the guidance of your devoted Transition Team. We are seeking 100% participation, because this great work needs everyone if it is going to do its magic of surfacing who we most deeply are and lifting us to the place of moving forward together. It is our way of “Nurturing Our Roots and Branches.”
We are making this an all-congregation happening, consolidating the entire process into 16 intensive days of meeting, sharing, talking together. You will feel the buzz, between January 26 and February 12. It will be starting sooner though, as we train the dozens of folks who will be your hosts and facilitators.
Please, sign up for a meeting when the general invitation is extended. And if you let that early sign up opportunity pass, please say ‘Yes,’ when you receive your personal invitation to a house meeting. Come with your beginner’s mind. If you cannot make the meeting to which you are invited it is not a problem. There will be many meetings and your inviting host will help you to find one that can work for you.
All this may feel like a long way off at this point; nearly a month away before the meetings begin. I am hoping that you will use this time to think about what matters most to you about A2U2 and begin wondering what it is about A2U2 that matters to the others with whom you share it. We are nurturing curiosity as a first step in nurturing our roots and branches.
“Be willing to be a beginner every single morning.” I think you will be glad you did.
Blessings, and welcome to 2019!