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04.08.16

If I could share one message…

Filed under: God's movement,The Practice — 11:22 am
Aaron speaking

Last Sunday I had the opportunity to preach at The Practice and launch us into “Stories of Resurrection: Cultivating Eyes to See & Join God’s Redemption Everywhere.”  And in many ways, this was my attempt to tell the Big Story of God’s work in the world…or as I joked in the beginning, to tell the story of Genesis 1 to April 2016 in fifteen minutes!

While preparing and sharing this message, I realized again WHY I am still a Christian–and am so grateful to be. It is such good news!
God is actively redeeming and healing the world, and invites every one of us–in the way of Christ–to partner with this good work. Amen. If you missed the message on Sunday night, I’m thrilled to share it again here…

Listen to “Practicing Resurrection” by Aaron Niequist (15 min)

A few excerpts…

There is a great river flowing throughout human history toward full life, blessing, and the flourishing of all things. We saw this at the very beginning of creation when God invited Adam and Eve into vibrant participation with God in the ongoing creation of the world. Basically, God was saying “Will you partner with me for the sake the of the world?” Unfortunately, they said no and chose to carve their own path.

But God didn’t give up. And all throughout the human story, we see God tapping people on the shoulder to say “Will you partner with me for the sake of the world? Would you allow yourself to get swept up in my great river of healing, blessing, and restoring all things?”

Jesus spent his entire ministry illustrating—with life and teachings—what it means to partner with God for the sake of the world.  Or as NT theologian NT Wright explains:

“The whole point of what Jesus was up to was that he was doing, close up, in the present, what he was promising long-term, in the future.  And what he was promising for that future, and doing in that present, was not saving souls for a disembodied eternity but rescuing people from he corruption and decay of the way the world presently is so they could enjoy, already in the present, that renewal of creation which is God’s ultimate purpose—and so they could thus become colleagues and partners in that larger project.” (NT Wright, Surprised by Hope)

The religious system in Jesus’ day had hardened the Story of God into a set of beliefs and a list of rules to be administered and enforced. Instead of being “blessed to be a blessing”, they tried to build an institution around their privilege. Instead of get swept up in the great river of God’s redemption of all things, the religious leaders tried to build a dam that would keep all the water of blessing inside, and all the unclean people outside.

But Jesus constantly worked against religion’s dam-building project by breaking the rules and inviting outsiders in, over and over and over. Jesus showed us the kind of world that God is looking to co-create with us: one of forgiveness rather than vengeance, giving rather than hoarding, setting free rather than dominating, inviting in rather than keeping out, sacrifice rather than power, justice rather than immoral inequity, truth rather than spin, mercy rather than rules…

No wonder the religious leaders and the national leaders conspired together to kill him.

But not even death could stop him. And in view of resurrection, the Apostle Paul invites us to respond in two ways: Gratitude and Joining in. (1 Corinthians 15)  Seeing what God has done, shouting hallelujah, and then joining what God continues to do.

Easter is not only celebrating that resurrection happened in the past, but it’s also about discovering the ways that resurrection continues to happens.

So the question we want to wrestle with this month is “What does resurrection look like in an actual life?” Monday through Sunday. Or, in terms of the big story, “How do I tangibly partner with God for the sake of the world in my everyday life?”

01.04.16

Retreat & Conversation for Pastors, Priests, and Worship Leaders

Retreat

Retreat

Hello pastor, priest, and worship leader friends…

If you are exploring the intersection of ancient practices with the modern world, please join us.
If you desire to live unforced rhythms of Grace and invite your church to do the same, please join us.
If you often feel alone on this journey and long to meet others asking similar questions, please join us.

On February 14-16, The Practice Team, Fr Michael Sparough SJ, and Jonathan Martin are hosting a small retreat & conversation for pastors, priests, and worship leaders who don’t just want to exhaust themselves building church programs, but who deeply desire to learn how to align their lives and communities with the eternal, redemptive rhythms of God. We’ll practice together (guided masterfully in a half day retreat by Fr Michael Sparough SJ), engage meaningful conversation (lead by The Practice Team), gather around the communion table (pastored by Jonathan Martin), and spend all of Tuesday morning dreaming about how to tangibly invite our church communities into these unforced rhythms of Grace.

The Story, Details, and Registration

Finally, if you need any more motivation, Chicago is BEAUTIFUL in February. (That is a lie.)

Grace and peace to you all,
Aaron

09.08.15

This Fall at The Practice

Filed under: The Practice — 9:05 pm

Hey everyone. I can’t even begin to tell you how excited we are about this Sunday…and the next four months of practice. In the midst of a busy, exhausting, out-of-control world, our community will explore a profoundly counter-cultural path: aligning the rhythms of our lives to God’s Eternal rhythms. We don’t want to “add Jesus to our already crazy lives”, but we want to learn how to tangibly live His unforced rhythms of Grace. Will you join us?

Here is the full story….

Full room and Aaron

After a month of listening and communal discernment (June), a staff retreat (July), and a series of incredibly helpful conversations with many of you in the community (August), we are thrilled to share the direction for this year at The Practice…

RHYTHM: Learning to align our rhythms with God’s Eternal Rhythms, for the sake of the world.

The Creator of the Universe has hard-wired certain rhythms into all of Creation: Six on and one off…inward reflection and outward mission…solitude and community…humble listening and courageous risk…withdrawing and engaging…etc.  And Jesus invites us to align our entire lives to these deep rhythms. He calls out to every one of us: “Come to me. Walk with me and work with me, watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of Grace.” (Matt 11)

Like a musician listening for the groove so we can play along.
Like an athlete learning to hear the coach’s voice so we can join the game.
Like a child falling asleep in his mother’s arms, allowing our hearts to sync as one.
Like a disciple, keeping in step with her teacher, breaking ourselves open for the world God desperately loves.

And so this fall, we want to learn how to align with God in four ways…
(1) Present Moment Rhythm – practicing the Presence of Christ
(2) Daily Rhythm – practice the Daily Examen
(3) Weekly Rhythm – keeping The Sabbath
(4) Yearly Rhythm – aligning with the Church Calendar
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Fall 2015

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The month of September will be the VISION and INVITATION to align our lives with God’s eternal rhythms, and a tangible way to help us SELF-ASSESS our current rhythms.  In many ways, the first two weeks will frame the entire journey, so please dive in deeply with us.

October and November will lead us into three foundational practices for a life aligned with God: SILENCE, EMBODIED EXAMEN, and SABBATH. Silence helps us hear God’s still small voice and align with God in each moment of our day.  The Examen helps us look back upon each day and find God’s fingerprints in the most unlikely places.  Sabbath helps us reorder our days into the rhythm God established in Creation: 6 on and 1 off.

In December, we will align with the church calendar and celebrate the season of ADVENT.  This will be a very worshipful month as we prepare to celebrate the birth of Christ, and also helpful to give a vision for why the church calendar is so helpful.

And as you can see, we’re thrilled to include three Sundays of “Community Listening” this fall: Oct 11th, Nov 22nd, and Dec 20th. On each one of these nights, we’ll rearrange the chairs into smaller circles and practice communal listening together.  Our desire is that these gatherings will (1) Help us to process the journey and carry each other along the way, and (2) Teach us the skills to create transformational community in our relationships, small groups, and whole lives.  These nights are really important, and we can’t wait to see how God uses them to form us!

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The journey begins this Sunday, September 13th, 6pm, in the Willow Creek chapel.

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The Eternal kind of LIFE that Jesus promised is possible. It really is. Even in 2015. Even in the NW Suburbs of Chicago. But it won’t happen accidentally. And none of us can live it alone. Starting this Sunday night, let’s jump in together and see what God wants to unleash in us for the sake of the world.

All are welcome.

practicetribe.com

 

06.29.15

Welcoming everyone to the table

Filed under: Discipleship,God's movement,The Practice — 10:34 am

Like many of you, I’ve been increasingly brokenhearted by the pockets of Christianity that seek to expel anyone they don’t agree with. There are times to strongly disagree–and even part ways–but the impulse to expel the other doesn’t feel much like the Jesus we are trying to follow. (It feels much more like the religious leaders who tried to expel him.)

Our little community has been trying to put Christ’s teachings into practice and live out the grace and inclusion that he extended at nearly every turn. But what does this mean? And when does it devolve from radical grace into mushy, unthinking tolerance?

This spring, my friend and incredible Pentecostal preacher Jonathan Martin came to The Practice. His message “All Are Welcome at The Table” passionately appealed that our Eucharist table should be modeled after Jesus’ table of fellowship–which included and invited everyone. And the following communion liturgy threw the doors wide open to anyone and everyone who wants to come to the table. It was a very beautiful night.

The Table

The Table

This generated a ton of conversation from people of many perspectives. Some wondered if we were watering down the high calling of the table. Some were thrilled to discover such openness in a church. Some loved the impulse but wondered if we were overlooking important theological foundations. These were very, very interesting and helpful conversations.  And although we haven’t fully landed or fleshed it all out, here are three things we know…

•Inclusion is the not the goal.
•Being formed into Christlikeness
for the sake of the world is the goal.
•And everyone’s invited.

There is something very moving (to me) about these three statements, in this order. The invitation of Christ is not simply to be tolerated as we are, but to be swept into God’s ongoing work of Redemption. The invitation of Christ is not to become the arbiters of who’s in and who’s out, but to be swept into God’s ongoing work of Redemption. It’s a high calling that requires nothing less than dying to ourselves and being reborn as a new Creation in the name and way of Jesus. And everyone is invited.

How does this resonate with you? Thoughts? Reflections?

 

05.05.15

So what is The Practice, anyway?

Filed under: The Practice,willow — 4:14 pm

Hey friends. As you know, we started an experimental, practice-based, neo-liturgical community last year at Willow called The Practice. It’s been a huge challenge…and one of the best years of my whole life. Such a wonderful community and adventure.

Many of you have asked about it, and I usually stumble in the description, but Conversations Journal just published an interview that captures the spirit of The Practice well. We are still in the beginning of this journey–with SO MUCH to learn–but here’s a bit of the story so far….

Conversations Journal

Conversations Journal

CONVERSATIONS JOURNAL: Aaron, we wanted to interview you for many reasons—your depth of character, your integrative musical talents, your delight in the work of spiritual formation. But for the purposes of this article, we want to focus on the ways you have been integrating the formation of community and the practice of the spiritual disciplines, or, as this section is called, the classical spiritual exercises. Could you tell our readers a little bit about how you’ve been integrating those things? I’m thinking specifically of the launching of The Practice at Willow Creek Community Church. What is it, how did it come about, how is it going? (I like to jam as many questions into my first question as I can.)

AARON NIEQUIST: Wow, first of all, thanks so much for those incredibly kind words. I’m honored to be a part of this conversation. Over the last ten-plus years, I’ve been on a bit of a journey—both as a Christian and as a worship leader. And I’m coming to find that much of modern Christianity is wonderful and true and beautiful, but a little too thin. It is a profoundly helpful invitation into relationship with God, but doesn’t always address the deeper, more complex questions of life, doubt, and faith. And it doesn’t always help us move beyond beliefs into the “abundant life” that Jesus offers.

And so both in my personal walk with Christ, and as a worship leader in two different evangelical churches (Mars Hill in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and Willow Creek in Chicago), some friends and I have been trying to learn from other Christian traditions and embrace a more formation-oriented, grounded, ecumenical, historical, robust way to follow Christ. Basically, instead of saying, “Our tradition has all we need,” we’ve been saying, “Our tradition is a wonderful part of the story, but we desperately need the wisdom and insight of our other brothers and sisters.”

In the summer of 2013, the Willow Creek leadership asked me if I’d want to explore what this might look like in a community. (Rather than just trying to force strange practices into our weekend worship sets! Ha.) And so after much prayer, conversation, and dreaming, we launched The Practice community on Sunday nights.

CJ: What do you mean by forcing strange practices into your weekend worship sets? I can guess, but I’m wondering how the classical spiritual exercises go from being “strange practices” in one context to an alluring draw to community and Christlikeness in another context? I’m guessing it’s not just by changing the service time from Sunday morning to Sunday nights! How did the Willow Creek community begin to embrace what you were bringing?

AN: One of the biggest things I’ve been learning is this: Whoever asks the question determines everything. So if the driving question is “How do we get the room fired up in the first thirty minutes of the service?” then the answer is never “corporate confession.” Right? However, if the question is “How do we help form people into Christlikeness?” then corporate confession would definitely be one of the answers.

And so the key to the whole Practice experiment has been that Willow Creek gave us the freedom to ask new questions. And new questions can change everything.”

Download the whole article here…

The Strange Practices of The Practice.

Grace and peace,
Aaron

 

04.15.15

Why Everyone Should go to Praxis

Filed under: church,God's movement,The Practice — 8:33 am
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Last year, my absolute favorite event of the year was The Praxis Conference.  Along with getting stretched (by learning from brilliant voices) and inspired (by meeting some fascinating people), those three days in Tulsa were deeply moving. Here’s why:  They showed me that I wasn’t alone.  In fact, I met people from all over the country and world who were asking and struggling with similar questions.  I can’t begin to tell you how moving and healing it was.

In exactly a month, Praxis is meeting again in Houston, and you should join us.  If you’re interested in the intersection of liturgy and the contemporary church, you should join us.  If you believe that the future of Christianity must be ecumenical rather than ghettoed, you should join us.  If you are an Evangelical and believe our tradition is wonderful but a bit too thin, you should join us.  If you love the music of The Brilliance, you should join us.

I can’t wait to attend and learn as much as possible.  And I’m really looking forward to participating. (Father Michael and I get to partner in a couple of sessions.)  Take a moment to look through the “What is Praxis?” page and check out the themes and speakers.  They are packing a ton of goodness into two days.

See you there?

04.06.15

This Week Only: Streaming Video for Free

Filed under: A New Liturgy,church,The Practice — 8:36 am
Fr Michael and Aaron

Fr Michael and Aaron

For this week only, we are streaming a 12 minute video interview of Fr Michael and me for free at Act3 Network.  I respect Fr Michael a ton, and we really enjoyed this conversation about spiritual direction, The Examen, and what happens when a Jesuit Priest shows up at Willow Creek Church.  Check it out…

Watch Video on Act3 Blog

Beyond the video, I am thrilled to introduce you to John Armstrong and his Act 3 Network.  For the last 30+ years, John has been a leading voice of mission-ecumenism:  the idea that unity among the whole church is central to spreading Christ’s kingdom to the ends of the earth.  I’ve honestly never met anyone doing more to intelligently and humbly build a bridge between Protestants and Catholics, and I’ve learned so much from him.  John is the real deal and has paid a huge personal price for giving his life to this work.

If you’re interested (and I really hope you are!), here are three ways to explore and learn more…

(1) Explore the Act3 Network website.  They tell the story and share great resources.

(2) Last week, ABC ran this story about John and Act 3. (They even included a couple clips of me. Ha!)  Here’s the show…

(3) Read John Armstrong’s incredible book: “Your Church is Too Small“.  Why unity in Christian mission is vital to the future of the church.

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May we all become bridge-builders today in our thoughts, words, and actions.

Grace and peace,
Aaron

01.10.15

Jumping into the New Year

Filed under: The Practice — 1:02 pm
Practice David room

the Chapel

Hey friends.  This Sunday night, our Practice community is diving into Practices for LIFE in the Now and Not Yet, and I’m so excited. Ridiculously excited. Nuclear-ly excited. (Annoyingly excited?) Regardless, can I tell you a bit about it?

For the next few months, we’re exploring two foundational questions: (1) What is the LIFE to the full that Jesus invites us into? (2) How can we actively align ourselves to it?  Or said simply: What is Jesus’ invitation and how do we say “yes”?  Read more here.

To do this, over the next five weeks, we’re immersing ourselves in the central prayer of the Christian faith: The Lord’s Prayer.  This Sunday night begins with a deep dive into “Our Father who art in Heaven”.  Read more here.

Holy Communion

Holy Communion

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Personally, looking back, 2014 was one of the best years of my life. After a difficult and pretty dark couple years, this is no small thing.  Thanks be to God.  And much of the joy was getting to be a part of this Practice community. I love this tribe.  They are some of the most honest, humble, gutsy, sincere, intelligent, deep, and godly people I know…and it’s such an honor to be on this journey with them.

You are more than welcome to join us. Everyone is welcome.  The only requirement is a willingness to roll up our sleeves and humbly learn to put Jesus’ words into Practice. We’ve all been invited to live in God’s unforced rhythms of Grace. Will you join us?  This Sunday, 6PM, in the Willow Creek Chapel.

Grace and peace.
Aaron

Table at the Center

the Table at the Center

12.04.14

Practicing Advent

Filed under: The Practice — 3:30 pm
Advent

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Things are so heavy in our world right now.  I find it both overwhelming and paralyzing.  The temptation (at least for me) is to get angry and cynical, or simply numb the pain with busyness and egg nog.  But there is a better way.

This is the great gift of ADVENT.

In December, as a Practice community, we are joining in the deep Christian tradition of ADVENTa season of deep longing, powerful hope, wise preparation, and unforced rhythms of Grace.  We’ll only gather twice, but both Sunday nights are shaping up to be pretty special…

Advent: December at The Practice

Christ’s invitation “to keep company with me and learn the unforced rhythms of Grace” is not just for us, but for the sake of the world.  For God so loves THE WORLD.  We learn to align our lives with Christ so that His love might fill us and overflow into everyone we meet.  We don’t ignore or deny the present pain – in fact, we are brokenhearted and work toward justice – but we know that death won’t have the last word.  O Come O Come Emmanuel!

Please feel free to join in any and every part of this journey.

Grace and peace,
Aaron

 

 

11.27.14

Practicing Gratitude

Filed under: God's movement,quotes,The Practice — 7:09 am

A couple weeks ago, I got to share with The Practice why GRATITUDE may be the center of the center of following Christ.  In honor of Thanksgiving, here are those thoughts…

To be grateful is to recognize the Love of God in everything He has given us.
And He has given us everything.  
Every breath we draw is a gift of His love, every moment of existence is a grace, for it brings with it immense graces from Him.  Gratitude therefore takes nothing for granted, is never unresponsive, is constantly awakening to new wonder and to praise of the goodness of God.  For the grateful person knows that God is good, not by hearsay but by experience.  And that is what makes all the difference.”  (Thomas Merton)

Jesus Christ is inviting every one of us into life to the full.  And Gratitude is the very center
of this kind of life.  Why?  Because God’s Love and Goodness is at the very center of Reality,
and Gratitude helps align us to what is most true.

N.T. Wright says “A sense of astonished gratitude is very near the heart of authentic Christian experience.”
Fr Ronald Rolheiser writes ”Sanctity has to do with gratitude. To be a saint is to be fueled by gratitude,
nothing more and nothing less.”

Meister Eckhart famously taught “If the only prayer you say in your whole life is ‘thank you,’ that would suffice.”

Gratitude aligns us with what is most true in the universe:  the Love and Abundance of God.

 

And together, we watched this devastatingly beautiful short film about Ed’s Story.  May it encourage and inspire you today.  Happy Thanksgiving, friends.


Ed’s Story, Gratitude from Baas Creative on Vimeo.

08.04.14

So what can we actually do? Practice.

Filed under: The Practice — 11:48 am

As you can tell from my last couple posts, the darkness of the world has really been weighing on me this summer. Especially the carnage in Gaza. I can’t shake it. Most days I feel torn between two bad options: (1) lashing out in anger and blame, or (2) giving up and avoiding it all. Anger or avoidance. Adding to the conflict or burying my head in the sand. But thankfully, Jesus offers us a third way of constructively engaging reality, and it begins with prayer.

I know this in my head, but don’t alway practice what I think.

And so this coming Sunday, August 10th, we are having our one “summer Practice” gathering in the Willow chapel. 7-9pm. We will begin with an opening worship liturgy that anchors us in God and leads us to pray for our world. Together, we’ll lift up Israel/Palestine, the violence in Chicago, and a number of issues that break God’s heart…asking for peace, justice, and God’s will to be done on earth. Whether your heart is heavy or hope-filled (or a mix of both), let’s bring the fullness of who we are to these prayers, songs, and intercessions. Amen.

Father Michael teaching The Examen

Fr Michael at The Practice

Following the opening liturgy, Father Michael Sparough will guide us through the Jesuit practice of The Prayer of Imagination. If you’ve never experienced Fr Michael or this practice before, prepare to go on a powerful journey with God. (Check out Fr Michael’s last visit to The Practice HERE). I’m so excited for our community to be lead by such a godly and gifted spiritual director.

Communion

Communion

Finally, as is our practice, we will end the night by gathering around the central practice of our faith: Holy Communion. Because our hope is Jesus Christ. We don’t trust in violence, power, or even politics to bring peace; we trust in the power and grace of Christ. We don’t trust in our own abilities to fix ourselves and become the people God made us to be; we trust in the power and grace of Christ. There are many things we can and must do, but our faith is in God alone. Hallelujah.

So please join us!  The Willow Creek chapel.  7-9pm.  Everyone is welcome.

practicetribe.com

Grace and Peace,
Aaron

 

07.30.14

Contemplation as the Path to Peacemaking

Filed under: Discipleship,Palestine / Israel,The Practice — 4:08 pm

We’re all friends, right?  If so, can I ask for a favor?  Please take an hour this week or next and listen to this teaching from Brian Zahnd…

“Contemplation and The Way of Peace”

In light of Gaza, Ukraine, and so much of the unrest in the world, Zahnd digs deep into the question of How can we actually follow Jesus into peacemaking?  Really?  Not just hippy-dippy idealism.  Not just angry activism. But how do we become the kinds of people who can tangibly love our enemies and choose The Way of Peace?

Peacemakers

Peacemakers

I don’t mean to overstate here, but learning this would change the world.  Or at the very least… if I can learn this, it will change my entire life.

As a side note, Brian has spent a lot of time in Israel and Palestine, and spends quite a bit of time telling stories:  being in a bunker with his friends in Gaza…in a rocket shelter with his friends in Sderot, Israel…and with many of his Jewish, Christian, and Muslim friends in the Holy Land. If you’re looking for a first-hand, both/and perspective on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, you may find this helpful.

Jesus said: “Blessed are the Peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.”  Friends, many of us would call ourselves children of God, but if we’re very honest, we have not yet become peacemakers in the way of Christ.  We Christians are often known primarily for the people/things we’re against.  But there’s a more beautiful Way.

06.04.14

Four Weeks of Practicing and Becoming Community

Filed under: The Practice — 8:38 pm

 

COMMUNITY banner

The next four weeks…

To all those who are part of The Practice – either physically or virtually:  Over the last couple months, we’ve begun re-arranging our lives to put Jesus’ words into practice. If you’re like me, it’s been three steps forward and two steps back, but God keeps carrying us on. Amen. We’re finding that the Christian life is not about perfect performance…but learning to get swept up in the unforced rhythms of Grace. And THAT is some good news!

But we can’t do it alone. We need a tribe. We need fellow Practitioners to walk with us, carry us, and be God’s hands and feet. And they need us too.

So in June, let’s dive into Community. We get to learn from three brilliant mentors about God’s gift of community, and then practice the tools to lean into it. June will be a highly practical, practice-oriented month.  

Our prayer is that every one of us will take a step into Community by the end of June. Would you join us in this prayer: “God, who can I walk with in this next season? Please help me find my tribe.”

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June 8 – Spiritual Listening (Sibyl Towner)
June 15 – A Theology of Community (Dr Bilezikian)
June 22 – Transformational Groups (Mindy Caliguire)
June 29 – Celebration Feast
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June mentors

June mentors

 

Sybil Towner.
It’s hard to walk around Willow and NOT bump into someone who has been deeply impacted by Sybil Towner. For the last 20 years, Sybil has been a relentlessly redemptive force for good and beauty in the souls of so many people around here. (More) On June 8th, she will lay out a vision and practice for HOW we can hear from God on behalf of each other. Her “3 Way Listening” framework is profoundly helpful for becoming a healthy community, and we will practice it together.

Dr B.
About two hundred years ago, Bill Hybels sat in the class of Dr Bilezikian. This revolutionary vision and passion for the local church launched Bill and a few friends to flesh it out into Willow Creek. (More)  On June 15th, we’ve asked Dr B to go back to the beginning and give us a foundational theology of community – followed by a time of Q&A. This is like getting to ask Obi Wan to teach about the force. Such an honor to have him with us!

Mindy Caliguire.
We can’t overstate how influential Mindy has been on The Practice. Her wisdom, teaching, and spirit has lead our community in many ways, and anchored us in the “unforced rhythms of Grace”. (More) On June 22nd, Mindy will teach from her book STIR, and lead us in practices for each of the three stages of spiritual growth. One-size-fits-all doesn’t work! Check out this description of STIR to learn more…

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If you haven’t joined us yet, please do!

Grace and peace,
Aaron

05.15.14

A Practice Update

Filed under: The Practice — 12:04 pm
Father Michael teaching The Examen

Father Michael guiding The Examen

Next week, I’m excited to share a big update about The Practice.  By God’s grace, some things have really come together over the last three weeks and we’re getting ready to explore our first shared “rule of life”.  Two reasons I’m writing this today…

First, if you want to catch up on the last three weeks of The Practice, we’re making the teachings available for free download.  (I’ve really wrestled with this because lecture is such a small part of our experience;  I don’t want to reduce The Practice to a set of spoken ideas.)  However, since we’re building our next season on the last three weeks, we want everyone to have the same foundation!  So please dig in…

04.27.14 “A Theology of Peacemaking” by Jon Huckins

05.04.14 “The Prayer of Examen” by Father Michael Sparough

05.11.14 “Practicing the Presence of God” by Kellye Fabian

And all the practices for these weeks are at practicetribe.com/blog.

Second, if you live anywhere near us, this Sunday is a big gathering.  Please join us!  We’ll reflect on where God has brought us, engage a couple practices that align us with His Kingdom, and share a vision for the future.  God willing, much of the next three months will spring from this Sunday.  Even if you’ve never been to a Practice, this could be a great introduction.  (Especially if you listen to a teaching or two above!)

As always, we gather in the Willow chapel from 7-9pm on Sunday nights.  You’re always welcome to practice with us.

Grace and Peace,
Aaron

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