Throughout 2015, the NETWORK community will journey together in a spiritual practice: 15 minutes of reflection and discernment time each week.
Together, we will explore how best to understand and use our gifts to make the world a better place.
Join us in this opportunity for self-discovery, and sharing our gifts in community.
Reflection 1: Using God's Gifts to Act for Justice
The following set of reflections focus on "social justice actions," which can come in a variety of forms. Here are some examples: sending a letter to your elected official, writing an op-ed for your local paper, initating a conversation with friends about issues you care about (ex. racism, gender justice, economic justice), calling your Senator, sharing on social media etc.
Choose one of the following three exercises!
0:00-0:05 Think about two social justice actions you've taken over the past year. Write down which gifts God gave you that enabled you to take those actions.
0:05-0:10 Think about two social justice issues you're most passionate about working on in 2015.
0:10-0:15 Write down the action(s) you plan to take on those two issues, and what gifts God gave you that will help you carry them out.
0:00-0:05 Reflect on the social justice action from 2014 you felt most proud of. Which of God's gifts allowed you to be the vehicle for that action?
0:05-0:15 Write a short poem about a social justice issue you'd like to work on in 2015. Try to include one of God's gifts given to you that will assist you in taking action.
Consider hanging your poem up somewhere or sharing your poem with a close friend and asking them to share a poem with you.
0:00-0:05 Reflect on your engagement in one social justice action during the past year. What did you feel? What God-given gifts allowed you to be engaged in that action? What gifts and feelings do you want to cultivate more of in your 2015 social justice work?
0:05-0:15 Paint, sketch, or sculpt a piece that captures the feeling(s) you identified.
Consider sharing your piece with friends, displaying it somewhere public, or even taking a picture and sharing it on social media to inspire others to act for justice in 2015.