Tuesday, October 4, 2005

FROM THE MERCY CENTER

A GRACIOUS PLACE. I am in Burlingame, California (adjacent to San Francisco) at The Mercy Center, taking part in Pastors In Community, hosted by Apostles Anglican Church of Lexington, Kentucky. This is a Sustaining Pastoral Excellence initiative funded by Lilly Endowment, Inc. The Mercy Center is a gracious place of hospitality facilitated by the Sisters of Mercy.

FOUR PRACTICES. The focus of this symposium is "gratitude" as one of four practices that make or break community. The other three practices are truth-telling, promise-keeping, and hospitality. This concept is being developed by Christine Pohl, Ph.D., and will likely be fleshed out in a book she is working on with these four practices in mind. Dr. Pohl, who co-facilitates the Pastors In Community SPE group, teaches a ethics at Asbury Theological Seminary in Wilmore, Kentucky. Her first book, Making Room: Recovering Hospitality as a Christian Tradition, is a valuable guide to anyone who seeks to make real the kingdom of God in simple, daily personal practices or in organizational or wider community life.

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