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PD015 Living in Stories

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PD015 Living in Stories

  1. 1. Living in Stories
  2. 2. Tell your story in five frames YOU arrival to the planet your unique gifts your contribution to community
  3. 3. you arrive in the middle of a story
  4. 4. reading scripture • About us • AND not about us (mostly not, & it’s not fair to make it say whatever you want)
  5. 5. “For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”
  6. 6. Does God have a plan?
  7. 7. life in exile “These are the words of the letter that the prophet Jeremiah sent from Jerusalem to the remaining elders among the exiles… Build houses and live in them; plant gardens and eat what they produce… Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you and pray to the LORD on its behalf, for in its welfare you will find your welfare…” --Jeremiah 29.1, 5-7
  8. 8. Have you ever felt in the wrong place, with the wrong people?
  9. 9. activities directed toward the future build houses plant gardens set goals
  10. 10. “Mobilizing others to achieve purpose under conditions of uncertainty—what leaders do— challenges the hands, the head, and the heart.” Marshall Ganz, “Public Narrative, Collective Action, and Power,” in Accountability Through Public Opinion: From Inertia to Public Action, ed. Sina Odugbemi and Taeku Lee. Washington, D.C.: The World Bank, 2011.
  11. 11. seek shalom now
  12. 12. Public narrative (Marshall Ganz) • Self—your deepest values • Us—we don’t develop independently • Now—this moment that requires values in action
  13. 13. God’s confidence in us our confidence in God and our neighbors
  14. 14. How are you investing in the future with your neighbors?
  15. 15. Encourage Write advice to people of faith who feel like exiles in your congregation or neighborhood. Point them to signs of hope where you live and encourage them to participate in shalom for all.
  16. 16. [looking ahead] • Scripture • Place/displacement/context • Adolescents • Self/other • Service • Faith community
  17. 17. God, you call to us in every circumstance, confident in our abilities to turn to you. Grant us grace to express our confidence in you and our neighbors by daily actions for shalom in the world you love. Amen.

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