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This week, we're sharing something super different. Not a quick blog post about deconstruction, but an introduction to a movement that's happening all over the world, starting with a group of people in Colorado.
As we've gone on each of our own (and are still going on our own) journeys of pulling apart our faith, examining it and wondering where the heck do we go now or what in the world do we do now, there is a community being built brick by brick and person by person called "BETWEEN." Here's what's its website has to say about it. "The Between community welcomes all. No matter your background. No matter your faith tradition. You are welcome there. We are an affirming community of seekers and believers. We desire a connection with God, the Universe, and with the things that matter most in this world. Our world needs places where people of all beliefs, all political backgrounds, and all points of view can gather together to talk about the important stuff of life. May we connect, may we be inspired by each other, and may we be inspired by our collective potential. When people come together the world gets healthier!
We are on a mission to build a community of sacred connection. We want to gather people so that we can pray together and explore faith together… each in our own way. We want to invite people of faith, people of doubt, people who pray all the time, people who don’t pray, people who go to “church” or “temple” (or whatever) every week, and people who have been hurt by organized religion… We want to remind everyone that the most sacred place on earth is the space between us, if we choose to see it that way."
It's exciting to know there's a possibility of something different out there, right? Something we can explore as perhaps what might feel like exactly what we need and a good fit for our families. This Week on the Podcast:
Matt Mattson, the "starter" of both the BETWEEN community and Today I Pray For You project on Instagram and Facebook, is our guest this week. Matt dreams of creating a global relational religious movement. Matt believes “church” (and faith exploration) can and should happen in our conversations with others. He's passionate that the space between us is sacred, a holy space. The way we fill that space — the choices about the way we interact with people — is our faith-come-to-life. He wants your coffee shop chats, your small talk in line at the grocery store, your social media interactions, and your dinner table conversations to feel sacred and holy. Because they are. God (however you understand that idea) lives in the space between us.
Matt has some a fun professional background that he's really proud of (Learn more about him here) and lives in Colorado with his wife and two daughters. Matt believes so deeply that he was put on this planet to help people gather together to talk about the important stuff of life.
Matt's not a pastor or a guru or a priest. Just a person. Like you.
In this episode, Matt takes us all on the ride of our lives with his story-telling, his passion, and especially his vulnerability. We find out four core principles that he embodies both at work and especially at home with his family. We both were riveted as Matt spoke and believe you will be too. Get ready for a good one! You can find Matt's passion projects at the following: Instagram: @todayiprayforyou
Facebook: Today I Pray for You
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Want to know what Lizz was up to this week?
Lizz was invited to be a guest preacher for BETWEEN'S five-minute weekly sermons that happen on their YouTube channel every Sunday. She shared a message how the way we understand God might be deeply impacting the way we treat others (and the way we expect to be treated) and somehow tied parenting into all of that.
We love how these videos are only about five-minutes, yet are chock-full of so much goodness that we can each take into our week or our day and especially our dinner conversations and our actual real live relationships with those we know.
Can't wait until Tuesday and need just a little snippet from our podcast episode. Here's something to whet your appetite and hold you over until then!!
One last thing. We want to remind you that we are so glad you are here. We wouldn't be the same without you. You will always find GRACE for where you've been and who you are now, and SPACE for who you are becoming and will be.
Carry on, our new-found friends. Welcome to the twisty-windy, full -of-adventure faith path that's laid out before us all. Love,
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