Reading our “declaration of independence” can serve as an examination of conscience on the struggles in living out this declaration over the two and a half centuries since then.
Formation: systemic change reflections
It is all too easy to fall into the trap of sharing bad news. Rather… let’s SHARE GOOD NEWS! Affirm it, publicize it when we see it!
Have you ever walked past a homeless person lying on his back on the sidewalk? Did it stir up any mixed feelings? Maria Shriver shares an incident in her life.
Four hundred years later the story St. Vincent’s sermon at Chattilon is still being told. But it is a story with even wider implications. The story of that sermon at Chatillon is the foundation story for what we call today systemic change.
Generations have done the same thing in spite of the fact there was no longer any necessity for doing it that way. It was just “the way I have always done it.”
Are we too close to those we serve that we are near-sighted? There systemic are change issues that a clear-sighted servant/shepherd needs to be alert to.
Mission challenges us to systemic change Systemic Change is something radical. It does what it says: The prophet Jeremiah: “This day I set you over nations and over kingdoms, to root up and to tear down, to destroy and to demolish, to build and to plant” (Jr...
Systemic change does not just happen. It takes the collaboration of many people with different gifts. Each of us has a role in the chorus.
The gift of a closing prayer drawn from nature.
Replicability is possible only with a well-planned, well-considered, well-measured and well-documented effort. When we come upon or a good idea or process and move to build oue own, care is necessary that we understand what we are implementing.
It is interesting to consider Matthew’s chapter 25 as a whole, all three parables together in sequence, one building on the other.
Do any of the following characteristics fit you? You might be surprised by what it says about you.