Rose Madrid-Swetman

ā€” Random Thoughts, Stories of Life, and Questions about the Journey ā€”

July 4, 2013

VCC Summer Book Study

Category: All Posts,Books & Mentors,Community,Mission – Rose – 2:18 pm

book study This Summer we (VCC) are reading through Mark Scandrette’s book, “Practicing The Way of Jesus” in order to guide our faith community into imagining more and more ways in which we can live into our faith.

We want to provide a space here for discussion around the book’s ideas. So, with that in mind let’s begin with thoughts, inspiration, questions about Chapter 1, “An Invitation to Experiment.”

Some of my thoughts:

1. I love the language of “experiment.” A friend of mine once said that when he meets Jesus he hopes Jesus will say, “Good try!” It suggests that formation happens both in the wins, the losses and the simple attempts we make.

2. I was inspired by the Have2Give1 experiment. I actually could see Leslie leading some folks from VCC in this type of experiment! I liked that it was time-bound (8 weeks) and I really liked how it led those that participated into asking deeper questions about their heart posture toward money, possessions, and consumption (pg 12). The idea being as we participate in these practices it leads us to the heart of the formation questions. I also love that they gave thousands of dollars to benefit others out of what was clutter in their lives. Beautiful!

3. The idea of doing tangible experiments taking us out our heads and into our bodies with a group of others wanting to change and grow by exploring how to integrate the teachings of Jesus into our everyday lives is very, very appealing to me. How about you?

4. “Through surrender and practice, Jesus expected his apprentices to be like him.” (pg 16) – I want VCC to be a community of practice that can experiment, will be inspired by the life and teachings of Jesus, that will commit time and energy to practices that can form us in this way of life, and will have the courge to reflect on what it means to be a counterculture community that is finding a new way to be human – together.

5. We are invited to live into the Kingdom of Love, a kingdom characterized by love that is both present and progressing. I like the idea of our church community gathering in small groups to imagine how they are being invited to experiment together practices that could actually make a positive difference in bringing a holistic view of what it means to be truly human.

What are your thoughts, questions, inspirations?

July 29, 2011

Here’s What I am Reading

Category: Books & Mentors – Rose – 10:58 am

It has been just over a year since I finished my degree and went on sabbatical. The challenges of the last ten months have been legion but that is for another day:-) All that to say other than what I have had to read for classes and study I haven’t felt the creative energy to read or write. Well something shifted this past two weeks and I have read several books that I am quite enjoying. Books that challenge, stretch my thinking and help me to look at things through the eyes of the other. So, here is my list from the last couple of weeks reading:

God at War by Gregory Boyd (I am rereading this, so much to catch)

Speaking of Jesus by Carl Medearis (Love this book!)

A Time to Embrace by William Stacy Johnson (super challenging and interesting)

The Book of Common Prayer for Ordinary Radicals by Shane Claiborne (only 2.99 on Kindle)

Here is an example of today’s reading from The Book of Common Prayer: “How long? Not long! Because the arc of the mortal universe is long but it bends toward justice.ā€ Claiborne, Shane (2010). Common Prayer: A Liturgy for Ordinary Radicals (p. 376). Zondervan. Kindle Edition.

The Art of the Commonplace by Wendell Berry (Love this man’s writings).
That’s it!