Our last day at the school where we have gathered for 15 years. Here is the story that led to this point and the story we hope to continue telling as our adventure continues.
Why do you get out of bed in the morning? And why do bad things happen? Or, a better question, how do we interact with the inevitable suffering that is so often out of our control? Inspired by Viktor Frankl, here is our conversation that seemed rather timely in lieu of the mass shootings this weekend, one of which was rather close to our home. Because those first two questions might be quite related.
Because you are a priest, right?
But then, what about our other staff?
We discuss what it means for all of us to be leaders, but we also introduced our two new staff members to The Farmhouse…and we are excited about where our story is going next!
Your life comes from the people that passed your life onto you, but it also can come with a lot of baggage. What is a healthy way to interact with generations past so that we can pass on a better world to the generations yet to come?
By honoring our parents, so that we all might continue to live long in a better world.
What Do We Do When the Story Doesn’t Go the Way It’s Supposed To?
Plans fail. Hope crashes to the ground. Outcomes dissipate.
This is the story of being a human being in this world. When it happens, what do we do? Through various art forms and an object reflection by David Kleeberger, we explore how to navigate this reality in a healthy way.
What happened back in July 2016, we have not forgotten. And we are honored to partner with those voices in our community who have continued to tell the story of Sierah Joughin.
Today was all about interacting with loss and what we should do in response.
We have a propensity to drift from our intentions - to allow the extrinsic to blemish the intrinsic. Here’s some stories that embody that difficulty and some thoughts on what we should do about it.
With a special object reflection from Amanda Tuttle.
On seeing the profound divine spark that exists in every moment, person, and thing.
Sticks and stones may break your bones and words may not hurt you — but they will create a world that we will either thrive in or be destroyed in.
With a special object reflection from Jacob Schafer.
Scars, rabbis with pillows, dropping your gift at the altar, and a heart meditation.
For our content, we explored the nature of wounds, how damage lingers, and what we should & shouldn't do in responding to hurt.
The importance of having a generous life. If life is a gift, then what do we do with it? How do we receive the gift and accept the responsibility that comes with it?
As we send Harry Daniels into the next season of life, we mark a moment of change by paying attention to what has happened, what is happening, and what needs to happen next. This isn’t just a goodbye for our community, it is us showing the world how to engage with a changing landscape in a healthy, beautiful way.
We begin with embracing this Divine Responsibility. Then we acknowledge that the world isn’t static. But we can’t stop with setting a destination — we have to transition our external infrastructure to align with the direction we truly desire to go.
Here’s how we make the transition with an object reflection by Josh Kolasinski.
If we can’t avoid change, then how do we interact with it? Where do we go? It begins with having a destination. Here’s how we make the shift and begin the journey.
With an object reflection on Flower Communion and a new song from Noah Martis called, “Pilgrims.”
Built into the fabric of the universe is a reality that the world isn't static. We can't stay here because, quite literally, we can't.
With a poem on Transformation by Isaiah Nichols and an object reflection by Todd & Amy Niles.
What do generosity, lateral leadership, and a new season for a staff member have to do with our future? Well, quite a bit.
A concert? Because we played a bunch of tunes.
But also because we sang forth some important announcements about who we are, what we do, and where we are going. We are in a season of changing (what we described as milk and honey), so here’s everything you need to know.
What do we do with Resurrection?
The question is not whether or not you will go to heaven when you die.
The question is whether or not you will bring heaven to earth while you still live.
With a special reflection on our brother, Chris Sominski, we also explore salvation, shalom, the resurrection of the dead, why Jesus is unrecognizable, the importance of who encounters Resurrection first, and how to begin living out why the last hasn’t been spoken and that the story still continues.
What causes us to stay where we are? Why should we embrace the tension of what is possible?
We talk about walls of water versus mud, gratitude, imagination, Resurrection, creation, Douglas Mawson, a story from Tracy York on rethinking sticks and stones, and, of course, a special appearance by our friend Don Schiewer to discuss the best way to embrace transformation.
How gratitude for your gifts brings into focus the divine will.
A conversation on place economy and its importance for the future of rural communities.