Ministry Theme of the Month
D E E P L I S T E N I N G
What Does It Mean to Listen Deeply?
We invite you to sit with these quotes and questions as your soul wrestles with this month’s topic of Deep Listening.
“If we want to support each other’s inner lives, we must remember a simple truth: the human soul does not want to be fixed, it wants simply to be seen and heard.” — Parker J. Palmer
“Time and time again, I find myself confusing the need for healing with the need for a witness to the wound.” — Mark Nepo
“Listening is the oldest and perhaps the most powerful tool of healing… When we listen, we offer with our attention an opportunity for wholeness. Our listening creates sanctuary for the homeless parts within the other person. That which has been denied, unloved, devalued by themselves and by others.” — Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen
1. What were you taught about “deep listening” growing up? How did others listen to you? How were you told to listen to others? What did you listen to? Nature? Stories? Music? Friends who led you astray? Mentors that helped you own who you were?
2. When has engagement with our faith community taught you something new about what it means to be a “person of deep listening”? When has it challenged you to embody “deep listening” in a new, more meaningful or needed way?
July 2018: Story, August: Curiosity, September: Covenant, October: Healing, November: Gratitude, December: Deep Listening, January 2019: Imagination, February: Knowing, March: Generosity, April: Invitation, May: Hope, June: Hospitality