For our first blog post of 2022, it seems fitting to share with you a litany we often use when we get together, introduced to us by Judith Scott, adapted from the original in Shane Claiborne's book, Common Prayer.
We walk in the company of the women who have gone before, mothers of the faith both named and unnamed, testifying with ferocity and faith to the Spirit of wisdom and healing.
They are the judges, the prophets, the martyrs, the warriors, poets, lovers, and saints who are near to us in the shadow of awareness, in the crevices of memory, in the landscape of our dreams.
We walk in the company of Deborah,who judged the Israelites with authority and strength.
I am quite incapable of writing objectively about the chant stand, the analogion, that precarious collection of seats and a rotating music stand and piles of dusty books which forms the home for the chanters of the Greek church. For me the chant stand is simply the beating heart of the church, whose throbbing sound provides the lifeblood of the services: inescapable, absolutely necessary. But I have an unusual history.
Our resident pilgrimage expert--who is also a member of our executive board--talks here about how to bring movement into your spiritual practice. Although she talks mostly here about walking, if you can't walk, you can apply these principles to any kind of movement that you can manage outside, or even at a window. Intentionality and unplugging from the world around you are what's key. You see Jen here early in her 2018 Camino walk.
What does a vibrant life in the Church look like?
When we founded Axia, that was the question we set out to understand. Some of the answers we heard to the question included, “It helps me use my education, knowledge, and experience to serve Christ,” “I want to grow spiritually and be part of a meaningful community,” and “It’s the place at the center of my life.” We also heard women articulate things they needed help with to create a vibrant Church life, and set out to serve those needs.