| ANNE WILLIAMSON |
We invite people to all sorts of things all the time. Some of us find it easy; others hard. It seems to depend a lot on who and to what we’re inviting. For many of us, there is something particularly uncomfortable about an invitation to a religious or spiritual experience. It doesn’t even seem to matter whether we’re the inviter or invitee. Why is this? What is it about faith that makes us resist its particular brand of invitation?
For me, part of the answer lies in why, over the years, it has gotten easier for me to invite others into spiritual spaces and conversations: I finally understand to what I’m really inviting them. It’s not an invitation to “the truth,” to having God all figured out or faith or life. It’s an invitation to a way, a process, a lens – to see the world as chockfull of grace and meaning, and intentionally lean into it. I resist less these days because I have experienced that this kind of life doesn’t just happen. It’s not baked into our culture. It requires intention, and for me, for most I think, the space and the diverse voices and the kind accountability of community.
This is why I created WAYfinding and why it’s (mostly) easy for me to invite people to it.
What about you? What do you think spiritual invitation is really about? What do you think others think it’s about? Do you generally resist it or welcome it? Why? LEARN, LISTEN, LOVE… and join us this week in WAYfinding as we explore these questions and others:
Tuesday, 12:00p - 1:15p
Wednesday, 7:00p - 9:00p
Wednesday, 7:00p - 9:00p (Mom's Group)
Email me for locations. All in Broad Ripple/SoBro area.
Watch this 5-minute Super Soul Short: Behind the Lens with Photographer James Estrin.
What is James' perspective stirring in you? Where did you experience an internal "yes!" or "no!"? Why do you think this is? Keep wondering and listening...
Sit with these words a moment... and a moment more. What do you hear? Keep listening...
Now, decide to do something with what's stirring in you. Set an intention. Try a new way forward and see what comes.
My thought: Take a risk and invite a friend, child, partner, parent, etc. to talk about faith. Seek to hear her spirit or his fears. Share your own, authentically. Connect. Ask questions. Don't judge. Love, love, love.