Special Session General Conference 2019
GCORR Monitoring Report
Sunday, February 24, 2019
The very nature of prayer is that the more time we spend in that posture of openness and being present, the more natural this way of being becomes. It becomes a part of who we are rather than something we do. It is somewhat in the same tone of the seventeenth-century Carmelite friar Brother Lawrence:
“We ought not to be weary of doing little things for the love of God, who regards not the greatness of the work, but the love with which it is performed.”
or a modern-day tweeter:
“Prayer is not a technique we master, but a relationship we enter into. When I think of ‘master of prayer,’ I don’t have in mind women and men with mind-bending spiritual techniques. I have in mind women and men who simply choose to show up over and over again.”
How do we stay grounded in the time we spent in prayer together? How will this expression of the authentic body manifest itself when we move into the worshipful work of legislation? How will we draw upon that well of invested love in the next two days together?
Think about deep friendships and relationships that are a part of your life. How did those relationships reach that depth? Was it something you conquered through will power? Or, more likely, was it because you and the other person chose “to show up over and over again”, and in so doing began to be mutually shaped by the relationship? The deeper and more genuine the relationship, the more that pre-existing stereotypes about others will be exposed, challenged and dismantled. Even the images we use in our worship and prayer times can contain implicit biases. An aspect of increasing competency toward building beloved community is to ask how varying cultures, groups and persons are presented in our visual images in technology. Through whose lens are those images presented?
“Our goal is not simply to learn more about different cultures, nor is it just to become better at ‘navigating cultural differences.’ We must actually become more multicultural people so that we might better express love cross-culturally.”
Cultural Intelligence: Improving Your CQ To Engage Our Multicultural World, by David A. Livermore
In your practice of self-awareness and self-monitoring since our opening day of prayer, what are you observing about people being present to one another? What are you discovering about your own capacity or challenges to being fully present, especially to those who may come from a different perspective and/or culture than you?