Life and Faith

red UCC comma featuring the words Life and Faith
As always, this is a fluid group - just drop in!  We meet on 1st Tuesdays.

September 4 proposed topic:  What is your “arena anthem”?

Gary and I had the pleasure of worshipping with High Country UCC in the mountains during the month of August.  Pastor Tamara Franks posed this question to the congregation, so I owe her a debt of gratitude for this month’s topic.

The term “arena anthem” originates from author Brené Brown and is part of her workshop "Daring Schools: The Four Pillars of Courage"; Jenny has mentioned Brown in sermons and you may know her work yourself.  A quick definition (courtesy of The Clownfish and the Anemone blogger Flex Tio): "It is a playlist of empowering songs that accompanies you when you want to summon your courage to enter the 'Arena.'”  You can find various arena anthem playlists on youtube if you are curious.  If you are my vintage, remember Rocky’s theme as he runs up the stairs at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

As Pastor Franks focused the question, what songs move you from timidity/fear/complacence to prophetic action in love?

In our personal lives, our work lives, our public lives we have moments when we fell called to enter the arena, to take a risk in love, to be prophetic, to be our truest selves in public.  What songs would you play to prepare yourself to step into the arena?

O’Malley’s Pub and Restaurant
5228 Hollyridge Dr, Raleigh

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What is Life and Faith in Raleigh?  How is your faith connecting to your life these days?  This ever-changing group of CUCCers and friends gathers to bounce ideas, support and challenge each other, and enjoy good company.  Questions for discussion arise from the group as each of us tries to figure out how to put into practice what we believe.  Discussion often touches on how to love in specific circumstances, and how to be a presence of justice.  We talk about family, work, community.  We don’t always agree; we do laugh together. If no one has a question that night, Jane Smith brings a back up question to start the discussion.

New folks and friends are always welcome.  Come when you can, or come often.  Look for the comma in the vase on our table.

What is said at Life & Faith stays at Life & Faith!  We seek to be a safe place for one another.

Discussion starts at 7PM, so arrive by 6:30 if you want to order food.  We try to model God's generosity by tipping well, whether we order water or a full meal.  The discussion wraps up at 8PM.