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• The Psalmist yearns to remain in God’s house, and makes a case for why they belong there.What did you hear?• What are the characteristics of God’s house and how can our community “glow with God’sGlory?”• If our “church” is the whole world, who should we be sure to include in that great circle thatdances around in God’s altar, and how?…
 
• In Mark 5:36, Jesus says to Jairus, “do not fear, only believe.” What are you being called/challenged to believe God about?• When are moments in your life you can recognize God bringing healing, wellness, andwholeness?• God’s desire for the world is that we should “be well and live.” How can you collaborate withGod to bring wellness and life to y…
 
• What are the passions in your life which you might celebrate or honor more than you do? Trywriting your own Song of Songs to celebrate what makes the blood pump in your veins!• Does your way of reading scripture liberate you to “rise to fierce love”? Why or why not?• How does (or might) loving your whole self (including your body and its needs an…
 
• Someone once said, “Clothing makes community.” Think about your everyday life. How do youand your community literally and or figuratively wear truth, righteousness, and peace?• Be creative. Choose one:a) What other garments would you add to wear that are at our disposal to help us rise andwithstand evil we see in our world? And why?b) Instead of …
 
• What does a world flourishing in peace look like?• What would it look like to rise in peace—in yourself—in your community—in our country—inour world—and as Middle Church?• White supremacy and capitalism hinder the peace God designed for us. What are other barriersand hindrances to God’s peace?By Middle Collegiate Church
 
• What are your own “I am’s”? How do they reflect the complicated and rich experience of yourown existence? Which “I am’s” do you show to the world? Which are just for you?• What are the “I am’s” you hold on to for support? The “I am’s” that undergird the most importantparts of yourself? What are the “I am’s” you find uncomfortable? How might you m…
 
• What is one area of your life where you can implement an abundance mindset rather than oneof scarcity? What difference would this make?• How do white supremacy and capitalism actively work against an abundance mindset? Whatcan we/you do about it?• What would it look like for Middle to Rise to Abundance? What role can you take in that rising?…
 
The prayers of the people offered in today's worship is the Buddhist practice of mettā bhāvanā.• God shows us that boundaries are important for living a life of faith. Where in your own life doyou perceive a need to reset appropriate boundaries? Or, to honor appropriate boundaries thathave been set for you?• Dr. King said, “Riots are the language o…
 
• How can you be in better solidarity with trans, non-binary, and gender variant folx? What doyou need to unlearn about gender in order to do so?• Who are the prophets among you and your community that you might have overlooked? Whatcan you learn from them?• Is there anything keeping your body from being a site of liberation for yourself and others…
 
• Charles Albert Tindley’s hymns chart his experience with the liberating love of God. What songsings your faith?• Are you feeling stormy about the state of our nation? How will your faith change the weather?• How does this movement of “LOVE. Period” inspire you to use your resources to create “shelterin a time of storm?”…
 
• The God of the breasts is the female nature of God, who has both what humans would callfeminine and masculine attributes. How do you experience those aspects?• We who are in God’s image are also anima and amimas. How do you experience yourself inthat regard?• This two-spirit nature of humankind is as old as time. How did we get so strident and si…
 
• We are shaped and sustained by a language of love.• Love isn't content to leave us where we are as individuals or as a community—it will grow us.• There are so many ways we translate, we speak, we embody that love in the world. What arethe ways in which you translate, speak, and embody love in the world?…
 
• Sometimes we’re looking for love and can’t find it. Train your eyes, for a moment—where doyou see the fiercest love at work?• It takes courage to imagine a loving society that actually starts with us. What’s your growingedge, when it comes to loving the world to healing?• What are you dreaming about? For you? Your posse? The world? Aim at that. R…
 
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