Public Notes

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  • Anthony shared from Resilience: Why Things Bounce Back by Andrew Zolli, Ann Marie Healy
    preserving adaptive capacity—the ability to adapt to changed circumstances while fulfilling one’s core purpose—and it’s an essential skill in an age of unforeseeable disruption and volatility.
    Note: Resiliency and mission: the ability to adapt while fulfilling one's core purpose.
  • Anthony shared from Longing for Spring: A New Vision for Wesleyan Community (New Monastic Library: Resources for Radical Discipleship) by Elaine A. Heath, Scott T. Kisker
    Because really, let’s be honest, the Lord Jesus Christ would not get ordained in the United Methodist Church if he were to come and carry out his earthly work today. For one thing he couldn’t get through the process in the three years of ministry before his crucifixion. And even if he could, his insistence on being the Light of the World would be seen as exclusive by some boards of ordained ministry, and his friendships with women would scandalize others. The bishop would not like his homelessness. His poverty would make a Master of Divinity degree impossible. You see what I mean. This business...
    Note: Yup. Jesus couldn't pass the MFC either, too Christian.
  • Anthony shared from Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression by Monica A. Coleman
    Perhaps like Elijah, we will seek out or even yearn for that which is unbreakable. I know I do. I want to return to the part of myself that can survive great odds and come out stronger and wiser. I want to live up to the ideal that I ought to be able to manage difficulty with more grace, finesse, and gratitude. “Why,” I ask myself, “don’t I feel perplexed without feeling despair? Why don’t I feel persecution without feeling forsaken? Why aren’t I more . . . unbreakable?”
    Note: No on is unbreakable, not even superheroes.
  • Anthony shared from Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression by Monica A. Coleman
    Even in those ancient times, expectations for plenty were balanced with periodic and ritual emptying. If the harvest was plenty, the temple sacrifice was large. Crops were to be left in the fields for the poor to glean for their own food. Debts and oppressions were released every seven years during the season of Jubilee. Even the early followers of Jesus came together and shared their belongings as they focused on worship and the sharing of their faith. Receiving came after, and as a result of, giving. This leads me to believe that there is a principle we have missed in the emphasis on abundance...
    Note: So get lost worshippers of The Secret, there's no holiness in any prosperity theology.
  • Anthony shared from Not Alone: Reflections on Faith and Depression by Monica A. Coleman
    These images of people searching for missing items matter to me when I experience depression as a state of being lost. There are times when that seems the best way to talk about what it’s like to be depressed.     •  I am tangled inside my mind’s endless thoughts of how inadequate I am.     •  I become a stranger to myself—feeling and acting in ways that don’t seem like me.     •  I can’t imagine feeling happy again.     •  I am adrift among the various demands of my life: I acknowledge them, but I can’t feel anything.     •  I can’t find my...
    Note: Depression means sometimes not being able to find yourself