MYIR 2014 • Slideshow

a few images from the two evenings of My Year in Review 2014

 

Created with flickr slideshow.

Who I Be • 07

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Scroll through the images for a few moments on whoibeproject.com.

What image(s) / statement(s) stood out to you most?

Consider the one(s) you listed above. Why do you think they resonated with you?

We are more than our roles.  We are more than our failings.  We are more than our history.  We are more.

In what ways has the past year limited your view of self?  Was the “false self” you are clinging to now encouraged mostly by your own thoughts or through others words?

 

Your True Self is who you objectively are from the beginning, in the mind and heart of God, “the face you had before you were born,” as the Zen masters say. It is your substantial self, your absolute identity, which can be neither gained nor lost by any technique, group affiliation, morality, or formula whatsoever. The surrendering of our false self, which we have usually taken for our absolute identity, yet is merely a relative identity . . .

 

Your false self is your role, title, and personal image that is largely a creation of your own mind and attachments. It will and must die in exact correlation to how much you want the Real. “How much false self are you willing to shed to find your True Self?” is the lasting question.

– Richard Rohr, Falling Upward

 

In an act of “letting go” of the false/limited view of your own identity – find a marker and write your own statement on the mirror.  Add to the phrase: 

“I am not my ______________________________________________________”

 

Once you’ve added your statement to the mirror – consider all the statements written by others in Convergence.

Which statement resonates with you from the group?  Why?

End this station by reading the words of Christ.

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”

– Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew

 

 

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• MYIR 2014 Part One (1-6)

• MYIR 2014 Part Two (7-13)

 

VIEW STATIONS 01 – 06:

Station One • Gravity

Station Two • Embrace

Station Three • Missio

Station Four • The Hours

Station Five • Lament

Station Six • Maps & Measures

Station Seven • Who I Be

Station Eight • Devil

Station Nine • Light&Shadow

Station Ten • DISARM

Station Eleven • Layers

Station Twelve • Weaving Community

Station Thirteen • Finally

Devil • 08

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(not the actual video used in the station – but this is the trailer)

 

Devil tells of how the protagonist, Detective Bowden, moves from brokenness to compassion through some haunting experiences.  The opening scene (in the picture here) — the world is not right, it’s a haunting scene, creating a sense of vertigo for the audience.  This is the life of Bowden.  His world has been utterly torn apart and set upside-down by the loss of his family to a drunk driver, who is still unknown.  The next scene is Bowden with his AA sponsor–and in the words of this sponsor is the foreshadowing of the story, essentially, ‘You must forgive.’  Much horror and thrill follow.  But, by the conclusion of the story, Detective Bowden, goes through a change that seems to set his world right again.

 

How does forgiveness at the end seem to “right the world?”

The real story isn’t found in the title, but in the journey of Bowden toward love.  He encounters his limits of understanding, of belief, and even forgiveness—until, through trauma, sees all that can truly remain is . . . love.

Love never ends . . . For now we see in a mirror dimly, but then face to face. Now I know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I have been fully known. So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love. – 1COR13


In what ways have you experienced forgiveness in the past year?  

 

In the moments where forgiveness stands out—was it given by you or received from others?

 

Journal your reflections from the following questions.

Often the evidence of love and compassion for others is discovered through coming to the end of ourselves.  Whether it be the end of our belief, the end of our expectations, the end of our control, the end of our understanding, etc.

 

Can you think of anyone you need to forgive? 

 

Write their name down here.

 

 

What would have to happen for you to be willing to forgive?  What “end” would you need to come to?

 

Even if you cannot forgive at this time—this isn’t meant to be a flippant exercise—would you be willing to prayer to begin the process toward forgiveness?

 

Write your thoughts.

 

 

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• MYIR 2014 Part One (1-6)

• MYIR 2014 Part Two (7-13)

 

VIEW STATIONS 01 – 06:

Station One • Gravity

Station Two • Embrace

Station Three • Missio

Station Four • The Hours

Station Five • Lament

Station Six • Maps & Measures

Station Seven • Who I Be

Station Eight • Devil

Station Nine • Light&Shadow

Station Ten • DISARM

Station Eleven • Layers

Station Twelve • Weaving Community

Station Thirteen • Finally

Disarm • 10

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“The world’s youngest citizen has just died at 18, and humankind is facing the likelihood of its own extinction. Set in and around a dystopian London fractious with violence and warring nationalistic sects, Children of Men follows the unexpected discovery of a lone pregnant woman and the desperate journey to deliver her to safety and restore faith for a future beyond those presently on Earth.” – Summary from IMDB.com

 

Watch the clip from Alfonso Cuarón’s Children of Men. 

 

 

 

 

DId you notice the disarming presence of the baby?

 

Now read the passage from Isaiah and the commentary by Jurgen Moltmann.

 

He’ll settle things fairly between nations.
He’ll make things right

    between many peoples.
They’ll turn their swords into shovels,
their spears into hoes.
No more will nation fight nation;
they won’t play war anymore.
Come, family of Jacob,
let’s live in the light of God. – Isaiah 2 

 

“To us a child is born. To us a son is given. That is why it so totally different from our human plans and possibilities. If liberation and peace are bound up with the birth of a little helpless and defenseless child, then their future lies in the hand of God alone. On the human side, we can all see here is weakness and helplessness. It is not pride and strength of the grown man which are proclaimed on the threshold of the kingdom, but the defenselessness and hope of the child. The kingdom of peace comes through a child, and liberation is bestowed on the people who become as children; disarmingly defenseless, disarming through their defenselessness, and making others defenseless because they themselves are so disarming.” – Moltmann

Isaiah paints a picture of the war-mongers no longer having a taste for power, invasion, and domination.  Instead, in poetic language, the tools of violence turn to the craft of nurturing, growing and gardening. How could we think otherwise, in light of the Liberator coming as a child?  How could we think that a seemingly “more righteous” power (with democracy, capitalism, and religion on it’s side) is all that is needed to restore global harmony?  How can war ever bring about peace?  And if peace is not what we are longing for—then why are we settling for less?  If the One whom we follow disarms the powers—how can we also stand for such things?

 

What would it mean for you to stand on the side of peace on a level bigger than personal harmony?

 

Living a disarming life certainly has larger implications—political ones, subversive ones, active ones.  But living to DISARM also has a daily and very personal realm.

 

Consider the previous year.  Consider your relationships.  Consider the controversies, the turmoil, the disagreements, the hurt feelings, the record of wrongs you have kept.  How often did you spend your time “proving” you are right?  How much did you invest in defending yourself?  How many times did you attack or belittle or even “kid” just to lower another’s value (and boost your own)?  

 

What default actions do you take that might ‘arm’ others?  

 

What steps could you take to become a more “disarming” person?

 

 

 

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DOWNLOAD BOOKLET

• MYIR 2014 Part One (1-6)

• MYIR 2014 Part Two (7-13)

 

VIEW STATIONS 01 – 06:

Station One • Gravity

Station Two • Embrace

Station Three • Missio

Station Four • The Hours

Station Five • Lament

Station Six • Maps & Measures

Station Seven • Who I Be

Station Eight • Devil

Station Nine • Light&Shadow

Station Ten • DISARM

Station Eleven • Layers

Station Twelve • Weaving Community

Station Thirteen • Finally

Layers • 11

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Consider the following “meanings” of each color of sand.

 

COLORS/EMOTIONS

orange = mystery/questioning

yellow = scared/hesitation/cowardly

red = anger/destructive/hostility/unfriendly

green = healthy/growth/happy

blue = sad/uncomfortable

brown = warm/comfortable/secure

purple = proud/victorious/overcome

 

List some of the major themes of your past year?  

 

 

 

 

What colors might be added to share your sense of the year?

 

Take a moment and add a single layer of color to represent one theme.  You are welcome to add multiple layers—if more than one theme stands out.  Be sure to pour enough sand to cover the previous layer.

 

Once you have added your color, consider the LAYERS represented in the life of our community.  Are they similar to your colors?  Are they different—contrasting your experience of the past year?  In community, we share story and we share a story.  We bring our own story—and yet we receive a collective story.  As with our community, we also live a story and receive a greater life of Story from God.  In all, our personal story, our shared story, and in The Story, we find layers—not just a monotone, one note, layer.  Life is to be lived in all it’s layers.

 

What would it mean to RECEIVE the multiplicity of layers of others, and to GIVE your multiplicity of layers to others?

 

 

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DOWNLOAD BOOKLET

• MYIR 2014 Part One (1-6)

• MYIR 2014 Part Two (7-13)

 

VIEW STATIONS 01 – 06:

Station One • Gravity

Station Two • Embrace

Station Three • Missio

Station Four • The Hours

Station Five • Lament

Station Six • Maps & Measures

Station Seven • Who I Be

Station Eight • Devil

Station Nine • Light&Shadow

Station Ten • DISARM

Station Eleven • Layers

Station Twelve • Weaving Community

Station Thirteen • Finally

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