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MEET AT THE WELL

A Cathedral of the Rockies initiative to build bridges between people of different beliefs & ideas.

 

WHY: 

  • “I need you in order to be me, and you need me in order to be you.” Nelson Mandela on the meaning of Ubuntu.
  • We become fearful of “the other” because we bring assumptions, conclusions and prejudices to define a person we don’t even know.

  • Christ calls us to be ambassadors of reconciliation: to listen to, care for and show compassion to all people.

  • “The problem with the world is that we draw the circle of our family too small.” Mother Theresa

  • “I need you in order to be me, and you need me in order to be you.” Nelson Mandela on the meaning of Ubuntu.

 

WHAT: Our goal is to get to know at least one person from a group we may have negatively stereotyped, to expand the circle, to listen and learn from those we may have never before included.

  • During Jan/Feb, we are challenging ourselves, with Christ’s love and reconciliation in our hearts, to journey through our fears and reach out to someone we have labeled as “the other.”

  • The Persian Poet Rumi says, “Out beyond ideas of wrong-doing and right-doing, there is a field. I’ll meet you there.” We will each seek such a “space” to meet – this could be lunch, coffee, a walk, etc.

  • Our invitation is without political, religious or theological agenda. We are not trying to sway someone’s thinking or actions our way.

  • It will be important to have guidelines as we invite someone to coffee or lunch: no persuading, defending, interrupting.

  • Instead, be curious, be conversational and listen.

  • Here are some suggestions for conversation: Share some of your life experiences. What kinds of things do you enjoy doing with family/friends? What are some things that deeply concern you? What do you look forward to in 2017?

 

NOW WHAT: 

  • Share your experience at #meetatthewell through your social media and/or email Jenny Willison jwillison@boisefumc.org with “Meet at the Well” in the subject line.
  • Our shared experiences will draw us deeper in community and enrich all of our lives. This shared forum will help us encourage one another and learn from one another.

  • We will use this forum to share how God used these experiences to transform our actions and thoughts.