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Co-Creation and Change

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In a workshop on “How to Make Change”, I explained how very small, incremental changes over time can add up to major shifts in our life. A friend, for example, gave up his daily habit of drinking several glasses of sweet tea and lost twenty pounds in one year. A woman at the workshop wanted to have “better communication” with her family. At first she could not think of a small, seemingly under-whelming change. Finally she decided that she would ask one question a day in conversations with family members. Two days after the workshop, I bumped into this woman and she excitedly reported her progress. She said when her husband had started a familiar story about being in Thailand …

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Co-Creating the Good Stuff

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Our newspaper has a little section called “The Good Stuff” where people write in about some act of kindness bestowed upon them. I asked the editor of the newspaper how people respond to these stories and he said: “People love them!” This morning a grandmother reported that she was in a Subway with her two little grandsons and after they ordered, she realized she did not have her wallet. She was embarrassed. Then a nearby woman—a stranger–stepped up and paid for their lunches. Our hearts do enjoy these instances of generosity. Many times I automatically focus on what is wrong instead of what is right with things. What if I found “the good stuff” in the meeting rather than complain …

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Co-Creation and Consenting

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The strategic planning meeting was about to begin. As I was gathering materials to hand out, I heard others talking about “who is not here.” I noticed impatience in their voices as they shared what they knew (and guessed) about who was absent. When we began the whole day session, I said: “We know some folks are not present with us today. Yet we are here. How might we become present to each other, the mission of our organization and each other?” I knew that all of us (myself included) could be physically present but not fully engaged. This happens all the time. We are checked-out while pretending to follow the agenda. So we might ask ourselves: do we fully occupy the …

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Greensboro has special place for 24-7 prayers this week

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By Nancy McLaughlin nancy.mclaughlin@news-record.com A prayer is read at Sacred Space, opened Wednesday by 24-7 Prayer Greensboro Team at Holy trinity Episcopal Church on Wednesday. Visit www.24-7greensboro.org for an online calendar of slots to keep the prayer going. The week of nonstop prayer in and for the city of Greensboro ends at 6 p.m. Sunday. GREENSBORO — Multisensory prayer stations. A wall covered with paper for people who want to stop by and write out a prayer request. With music and gently flowing water as a backdrop, this is the setting for the week of nonstop prayer and meditation now taking place for the city of Greensboro. Organizers say it is also an opportunity for the community to pause and reflect. “I brought …

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24-7

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By Dee Irwin, PhD Dean of The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro I had never been to a 24/7 Prayer Room before, and was amazed by what I found there.  I t was so appropriate that the Youth House at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church is the site for it as the project began with youth in 1999 and has continued unbroken since then, now expanded into 127 countries.  What was unusual about the Prayer Room was the many creative invitations to pray in different ways.  Prayers of petition, blessing, reconciliation, supplication, praise.  Prayers for self, family, community, the world.  Prayers with paint, candles, legos, yarn, rocks, finger prints, bubbles, maps, books, images.  There is clearly no right or wrong way …

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24-7 Prayer Experience

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I didn’t know what to expect when I walked into the 25-7 prayer space in the Holy Trinity youth house.  Limited research revealed that 24-7 is an international, interdenominational movement of prayer, mission and justice that was born out of a student-led prayer vigil in England in the late 90′s; that one aspect of the movement involves turning public spaces into prayer spaces which engage those who enter on a very deep level; and that people of all ages – including children – are transported to a very deep place just by walking in. Upon entering the space, my first impression was one of warm, physical welcome.  Everyone’s experience will be different, of course, but others who have entered the …

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Come in and Let Go in the 24-7 Prayer Room

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By Ruth D. Anderson I walked into the 24-7 Prayer Space and smelled the tea and wondered if I had ever prayed and drank tea at the same time. As I turned to go into the large room, immediately I sensed that I would be praying differently during my time here. Immediately to my left I entered a draped room with a cushion “bed” that seemed to invite me to lay down. As soon as I did, my whole body relaxed. A psalm in this space said something about resting in God. After some several minutes, I got up and walked to a map of Greensboro on a surface about the size of a ping pong table. This was labeled …

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24-7 Sacred Space Experience

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By Rev. Stewart Tabb Who is God? What are the attributes of the Holy? The Scrabble tiles spelled it out. Mercy, Dad, alpha, end, freedom, truth so many words built upon each other. I prayed for a bit on what attributes I ascribed to God before realizing that my words needed to be connected with the words of others. I started again, weaving energy, gift, growth and abundance into the mix of another. And then the real gift:. God was above all. . . Here. . . Now. . . For me. . .

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The Practice of Encounter: Spiritual Practices

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By Ruth D. Anderson On Saturday mornings, when I am in town, I go to the grocery store and do the week’s shopping. As I enter the Harris Teeter, and tug one of the carts out of its spot, I begin the familiar routine and, going on automatic pilot, purchase the same items as the previous weeks. If I am particularly efficient going up and down the aisles without many people in the way with no lines at the check-out, I can be back home in less than an hour. When I do this routine and similar ones like making dinner or raking the leaves, or sometimes even “the chores at work,” I can spend the entire time thinking about …

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Be Alarmed

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By Ruth D. Anderson I was just getting out of the bathtub when the phone rang. A woman announced she was from the alarm system at work and asked how quickly I could get to the office building to meet the police. I asked my husband to come along. We met a young, pink-faced policeman who looked a bit scared. I told him that sometimes homeless folks liked our benches out back. He moved down the sidewalk while I walked into the back area. An elderly man with a Red Cross tee shirt sat on the bench eating a sandwich. He had a large plastic bag by his side. I asked if he had tried to open the doors. “No—not me!” …

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