Well, one problem with being a book lover and the mom of a toddler is that books suddenly disappear when you are about use them, and so this post isn't going to have any quotes. I hope if you've had a chance to dip into the book you've found some gems of your own, and please feel free to share any that inspire you!
In the latter part of the book, Karol talks about the breakup of the old order, with its imposition of sameness, at the cost of individuality and the voices of the sisters. She describes the crisis of community that occurred when after years of oppression, the freedom to dissent suddenly arose, causing the foundations of friendship, sisterhood and solidarity to be shaken, and the cost both of that oppression, and the pain of its lifting after being normative for so long.
1. Where is your community at in the process of valuing the voicing of its members, even when it means the loss of uniformity?
2. What is your community doing or not doing to foster an environment where people are/feel loved and safe enough to stretch beyond comfort zones to include the Other, even when the other is the person in the next seat or pew?
3. Describe a time you took a risk and voiced a dissenting opinion about theology, community or spiritual life? What was it like?
4. Describe a time you did not voice a dissenting a opinion, but felt one? What was it like?
5. Describe a time when someone else's dissenting opinion felt threatening to you? What was it like?
6. What is your heart's urgent prayer for the church/God's people?
Labels: Book Discussions, Emerging Church, Forever and Ever Amen, Spiritual Formation, Theology