Usually, when someone upsets us, we do just the opposite of this ritual. We shun or perhaps confront the person with all their erroneous ways. We separate ourselves from them.
This ritual illustrates the power of coming together to co-create a new future. We can gather as this tribe did for an individual’s benefit or we can come together as a group to co-create something new needed for the world. When we are present to God’s Presence within us and between us and open ourselves to what goodness wants to be born, miracles occur.
What might happen if, instead of our usual punishing methods (which only further upsets us) we communicated all that we appreciate about how this person or this work contributes to life? This kind of co-creation energy for one another helps us all grow into the kind of person and the kind of initiative that makes all things new.
We are having a Co-Creation 2014 conference in Greensboro, NC
Here are some questions we have gotten about this event—and now some answers:
Who is hosting Co-Creation? The church (Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and First Presbyterian Church) and The Servant Leadership School of Greensboro hold that we are all called to be God’s healing Presence in our world—we are all called to be servant leaders or co-creators of a new loving future where all are welcomed and all respected.
Why are the speakers who are coming invited? All three speakers (Dr. Cynthia Bourgeault, Dr. Phyllis Tickle, Rev. Jon Wormann) are brilliant and at the “cutting edge” of contemporary spirituality. They bring together the wisdom of our Christian faith tradition and also contemporary and very old spiritual practices that help us usher in the Kingdom of God.
What is the hope and goal of Co-Creation? We hope to provide a sacred space for meaningful conversations about how, as people of faith, we can co-create the world with God, and one another seeking both soul justice and social justice.
Why should people come? We think people will be inspired by not only the speakers but by others who tell their stories of co-creation and where God is active in this world. We will have a 24-7 Prayer Space; a Story Lounge; a celebration of World Labyrinth Day with live music and lots of good food.
What's different about this "conference"? Co-Creation provides sacred space which invites challenging ideas and deep reflection with places for inner work and other spaces for outer expression (open mic!).
Why is attending important to one's spiritual development? Folks who are open to new ideas and new ways of being with God and one another will appreciate this time together.
What can people expect? Serious fun and deep connections and love—yes, love will be present at Co-Creation 2014.
For information and videos on Co-Creation 2014 -- a gathering in Greensboro, NC, May 1-3 -- and to register, please visit www.servleader.org. The Early Bird Special for the conference ends April 1!