The original inspiration for our Story Sharing campaign was a desire to offer healing to those who are suffering, whether from the effects of the pandemic, racial injustices, political divisiveness, or the many other struggles we have faced these past few years. “From Many, One” is a resource developed by Bishop Michael Curry and his staff to build bridges across differences and heal traumas. We will use this program for the next six weeks, including all of Advent, as we care for one another and prepare for the celebration of Christmas.
The core of “From Many, One” is four questions:
- What do you love?
- What have you lost?
- Where does it hurt?
- What do you dream?
By asking and answering these questions, we will share our hearts, process trauma, and participate in the healing love of the Holy Spirit. Whether you share your love of ice-cream or your love of God, you are sharing a part of who you are. We have all lost, we have all suffered, and we all hope for a better future. With these four questions we will build relationships and community as we begin to heal the trauma of these past couple of years.
We will start with Deacon Pat’s sermon this Sunday and continue with The Hope Born from Suffering event next Wednesday evening, November 17th, at 7:00 PM. On November 21st we will respond with our own stories. Then, for the four weeks of Advent, we will go deeper with each of the four questions.
I look forward to building God’s loving family together as we offer healing and hope through sharing our stories.