Join us for an #OEPCommunity Meetup on September 4, where we will build on our August 7 conversation on the "Kairos" moment as we explore the theme of "Disruption."
"Black Lives Matter" projected onto the facade of the Washington National Cathedral, 10 June 2020, after the murder of George Floyd in Minneapolis. Author: Cosal, Wikimedia Commons.
Our lives have certainly been disrupted by COVID. The continued agitation of Black Lives Matter protests in the US are keeping open a window. One way to look at this window is that - whether or not we are out in the streets - it’s our job to disrupt the institutions we touch, using the lift of the daily news cycle to ask forbidden questions and make visionary requests. Disruption does not have to mean destruction—it can be the catalyst for reinvention or renewal.
We will be inspired by Martin Luther King, Jr.’s sermon, “When Peace Becomes Obnoxious,” and by Principle #4 of Kingian Nonviolence, “Accept suffering for the sake of the cause to achieve the goal.”
- What institutions in your own life need some creative disruption?
- What could that look like?
- How did Jesus disrupt institutions in his times?
What to expect
- Large group and small group sharing
- Individual reflection
- Gathering up our spiritual power for the work of disruption
- Reflecting on MLK and Jesus as we seek to become wise and courageous
- Dreaming up next steps in our own lives and institutions