On a cold Saturday in January, A Place To Be Leadership Team gathered to pray, reflect, and discern about our own spirituality as well that of the Center. We began by reflecting on our personal relationship with God, how we would like that relationship to grow and what we could do to foster that growth. We collected words such as: dependent, longing, distracted, struggle, grateful, acceptance, communion, presence, humility, diversity and support.
We then were asked to think about our vision for the Center. In what ways were we intentional about bringing that vision about? What impact do we want the Center to have on our guests, on the greater community? After quiet reflection and deep listening, both to ourselves and each other, we collected words that offered our vision (see below).
From the discussion of our shortcomings, we identified many next steps and initiatives to help us achieve that vision. Many of these you will see in the upcoming months; some might be more subtle but will hopefully be felt. Always open to the movement of the Spirit, we welcome input and suggestions to help us grow into this vision.
Finally, we were asked to quietly reflect on the day overall and identify a word or phrase that arises. These words and phrases were then written onto ribbons and randomly distributed among the team to remind us of our commitment to the vision and to pray with as we strive to meet the challenges coming. The ribbons help us to remember: all are welcome, progress, respect, loving acceptance, presence, peace, surrender, beauty, silence, love, open, community, fellowship, sharing, calling, listening, hospitality, God is with us. Amen.
5/5/2019 07:16:35 pm
Always remember that God is always with us through thick and thin, even in darkness. Just always believe in him and let him be the center of everything you do. If you follow God, everything else will follow. Good thing you have a retreat like this. I hope you learned a lot from this experience. I hope that someday, all of the learning from this retreat will help you in the future or if ever you encountered something. Thank you for sharing this blog! It is nice and heartwarming.
5/10/2019 11:12:07 pm
Leadership is a trait that everyone of us can have and acquire. Many people were very query about this matter where in fact I believe that everyone has this kind of traits. The power of listening is one of the traits a leader must have. A leader must put up their group and does not only have the recognition because of his team's hard work. Everyone has their own struggles and personality on how they can deal with their problems, that is why a leader must be open and understanding as well.
9/30/2019 09:02:02 am
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