Renewal: Update (171130)

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiatives: Affirming Ministry; and Appreciative Inquiry.

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Free Choice

Working on this eighth addition to the Appreciative Principles series was filled with distractions. They arose because of my hope to find what I call a “third thing.” Usually that includes a video, whether musical or something akin to a TEDTalks, in order to invite another voice into the conversation. This feels important, in order Read more…

Renewal: Update (171117)

Affirming Ministry

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiative: Affirming Ministry; Appreciative Inquiry; and, Reconciliation.

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Enactment

Sure, maybe it was slogan-like, though I admit I am not sure if my mother said it after the Nike campaign or if she coined it and they stole it! Regardless, there I was 16, not wanting to do the homework that was assigned. It was a long weekend and I just wanted to get Read more…

Renewal: Update (171017)

Reconciliation

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiative: Appreciative Inquiry; and, Reconciliation.

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Wholeness

This unfolding series about how Appreciative Inquiry (AI) and a Christianity, which is expansive in nature, can be conversation partners has been exciting to explore. One of the things that AI brings to Christianity is the reminder that things are always unfolding. That such a reminder is necessary may surprise some. The reality is that Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Positive

Planting seeds – a practice that has an old literal and metaphorical pedigree. It is clear from a context that ranges from the planting of urban flowers and herbs, micro & community gardening to large scale agribusiness, the soil in which we plant, the time to nurture and curate often results in efficient terms like Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Poetic

Where we look is what we will see. When we focus, we will see more clearly. What we want hope, desire and want influences the way we will see an opportunity. If we look for what is broken and inefficient, inadequate and flawed, then that is what we will find. If we look for what Read more…

A Deacon’s Musing: Appreciative Principles|Anticipatory

As I have recently explored, in respect to Expansive Christianity, Jesus’ ministry was informed by the prophetic tradition of the First Testament. There are many examples in which his ministry can be explored through this Testament, which can serve to illustrate the Anticipatory Principle. In fact, biblical scholar Walter Brueggemann’s work – such as The Read more…

Renewal: Update (170530)

Reconciliation

We have new updates for the following Renewal initiative: Appreciative Inquiry; and, Reconciliation.

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