What are the spiritual practices that strengthen you for the long haul in your work for justice?
In this series, the NCC Christian Education, Faith Formation, and Leadership Development (CEFFLD) Convening Table will share personal stories of practices that have nourished them for the long haul of justice ministries.
Faithful action in our communities, regions, countries, and the world, is sustainable when we are spiritually fed by the same Spirit that prompts us to bring Christ’s love and justice to bear in our world. Each monthly segment shares a testimony of how a specific practice has been helpful for the faith formation or leadership development of an individual or congregation. The series will share resources (e.g., books, website, articles, videos) that give readers/viewers a chance to learn more about the practice and to use these tools to move forward in faithful efforts toward justice.
We hope this series will show connections across faith traditions that have some similarities in practices, helping to build stronger bridges of understanding around commitments to shaping spiritual lives and communities to be agents of peace and justice in the world.
Rev. Sheila Spencer – The Spiritual Self-care Practice of Rest
Rev. Spencer had to take time to embody the spiritual practice of rest before producing this message. She serves as Interim President of Disciples Home Missions for the Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) and the Co-Convener of the Christian Education Faith Formation Leadership Development Table.
Rose Schrott – the Spiritual Practice of Breath Prayer
Ms. Schrott is a recent graduate from Pittsburgh Theological Seminary’s master of divinity program who is interested in the intersections between public theology, writing, and spiritual practices. When she’s not reading or writing, you can find her tending her plants, drinking coffee, or cuddling her Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Copper.
Rev. Brenda K. Smith – The Spiritual Practice of Journaling
Read about the Spiritual Practice of Journaling AT THIS LINK. Rev. Smith is a pastor in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. Her most recent call was as the Program Director for Faith Practices and the Book of Faith at the national office for her denomination. She just retired, but wants to continue offering ministry in the areas of race relations and police/community relations. She has been a member of the NCC Christian Education Convening Table since 2016.
Dr. Susan E. Humble, PhD – The Spiritual Practice of Deep Listening Prayer
The spiritual practice of Deep Listening Prayer has become such an integral part of Dr. Humble’s life. She begins and ends each day with this form of prayer. She currently serves as the Head of Ecumenical and Interfaith Relations for the Christian Science Church. She began to seriously engage in this work after completing her Doctoral Program in Religious and Theological Studies. She has served on the NCC Education Convening Table since 2016 and served as co-convener from 2018 until 2020.