Mar 24 2018

April Journal: In Our Own Voices – What does it mean to be a people of EMERGENCE?

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In Our Own Voices – What does it mean to be a people of EMERGENCE?

“In Our Own Voices” shares congregants’ free-flowing responses to the theme of the month. We draw these responses from on-line surveys and use them in creating worship, small-group ministry content, and other opportunities for spiritual growth.

The question “What does it mean to be a people of Emergence?” draws fewer responses that do many of our other themes. Are we experiencing “survey fatigue”? Or does this word not resonate for others as it does for me? I find something exciting in the possibility of new birth, something fearful but also potentially awesome in the uncertainties that come with change, something life-giving and hopeful in coming more and more fully into ourselves as individuals and as a community.. What do we emerge from, and what do we emerge into? If you were to map the “emergences” in your life, what might they hold in common?

I wonder what will emerge from our exploration of this theme in April? Please join us in worship and small groups to add your voice and to hear from others!


Ever emerging with you,

Rev. Nancy


·         I think of change, growth and becoming one’s true self when I think of this word emergence. I also get mental pictures of little baby chicks coming out of their shells: peep peep!

·         Emerging from ignorance, apathy, lethargy, fear?

·         I had to look this one up: 1. The process of coming into view or becoming exposed after being concealed. “I misjudged the timing of my emergence.” 2. The process of coming into being, or of becoming important or prominent. As an introvert, neither of these makes me exactly comfortable. I could live with “coming into being,” but important—not so much—and prominent, well … As a member of a church, I love to expose the goodness and also the challenge of living a faithful life. We have far too many “easy” answers presented to us as part of living a “good” life. Most are truly hollow.

·         Hmmm … where are the conflict and resolution in emergence? Everything is always emerging or becoming; nothing is static. How would talking about emergence help me to live my values better? When thinking about emergence, I picture crocuses and daffodils emerging from the soil, so this is appropriate for April. Perhaps the most interesting aspect I can think of is the emergence of hope, which is something we seem to particularly need now.

·         Always growing, always learning, recognizing that nothing in life is static. A willingness to adapt our language, culture, and habits to fit emerging circumstances in healthy ways. Surely, surely, this “coming out” process—the emergence of identity, self-understanding, the capacity to love and to show up—is a lifelong journey, for both individuals and community. I see it in my own story, and in the story of this beloved congregation. I relish the invitation!

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