New Paradigms of Our Common Mission

Trinity is fostering a haven of belonging where wanderers and wonderers gather to discover and embody of the love of Jesus in the world.

But what does that mean? As we reclaim who we are, bringing clarity to our common mission, we recognize that the light of Christ needs shed upon our old paradigms. Christ came; Christ continues to come to each of us; Christ will come again. This truth has significant implications on the way we see the world. Our common mission challenges our disoriented spiritual paradigms. Each week we’ll consider the new paradigm that Christ’s presence compels us toward as we unpack our common mission.

Week by week

*We’ll be adding Scripture references as we journey along…

Jan. 6: Intro: New paradigms of our common mission (Mark 2.18-22)

Jan. 13: Fostering - God is always present and at work (Mark 4.1-9, 26-29 & John 3.8)

Jan. 20: Haven - God is the haven

Jan 27: Belonging - God is just like Jesus and meets us where we really are

Feb. 3: Wanderers & Wonderers - We engage in compassionate curiosity (John 20.24-29)

Feb. 10: Gather - Parish inspired: the Church as “grounded” and “rooted” people (Hebrews 10.19-26 & Acts 2.42-47)

Feb. 17: Embody - We learn love through embodied participation [*yep, we’re going “out of order”]

Feb. 24: Discover - Love as source: God cares more about all of it than you do

March 3: World - What God does through you God also does in you



Discussion

-Re-read today’s text. What do you notice about God, yourself, and how it speaks to who we are at Trinity?

-As you consider the theological foundations of this week’s topic, how would you describe who we are at Trinity to someone else?

-In what ways is Christ shedding light on our disordered spiritual paradigms we hold today?

-Where are you sensing the Spirit leading you to participate and grow in our common mission?


Resources

*These resources are in no particular order. Also, we value a diversity of perspectives so it is quite likely that there will be things we don’t agree with. Hopefully, the provide food for thought.

Books

-Surrender to Love by David Benner

-Fierce Conversations by Susan Scott

-Exclusion and Embrace by Miroslav Volf

-Faithful Presence by David Fitch

-Life Together by Dietrich Bonhoeffer

-Embodying Our Faith by Tim Morey

-Foreign to Familiar by Sarah Lanier

-Just Hospitality by Letty M. Russell

-Grounded by Diana Butler Bass

-A More Christlike God by Bradley Jersak

-A Fellowship of Differents by Scot McKnight

-Disunity in Christ by Christena Cleveland

Articles

Unknowing by Richard Rohr

Podcasts, etc

-On Being

-Theology on Mission

-The Liturgists