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JUNE 2020
“Resilience is the capacity of a system, enterprise, or person to maintain its core purpose and integrity in the face of dramatically changed circumstances.” - Andrew Zolli

WITHIN MINISTRIES vision is to awaken the Spirit within to create a culture that ignites women's passion to use their voices and share their gifts  for the transformation of society. Since this newsletter was drafted, civil unrest has spread across the country and now the world. The cruel and heartless taking of life in my hometown of Minneapolis seen on video continues to send shock waves, with people crying out for necessary change. Witnessing the use of collective voices is an indescribably powerful experience.

This in the midst of the pandemic feels like the "perfect storm." We have all been touched in some way, with the spectrum of impact running from minor inconvenience to death. Most in my circle are grieving something: loss of a workplace or job, death of a loved one, financial insecurity, isolation loneliness, plans dissipating. Empathetic folks like me can feel overwhelmed by the broad and pervasive impact, making it a challenge to be present and supportive to others.

It is during these times that we need perspective, the kind that comes through hindsight. It is a time to be present to one another, to listen, and to share the parts of our stories that offer hope. We offer two reflections this month with the hope they can be beneficial to others.

We encourage you to find ways to keep sharing and listening and finding hope. We invite you to share your glimpses of God in the midst of these storms. We implore you to take good care of your whole self. We join you in hope-filled prayer.
REFLECTION: MY GRADUATION STORY by Connie Kirk
I have been seeing and reading stories about high school and college seniors who cannot have the traditional graduation during this pandemic. It has resurrected long hidden memories of my college graduation. It was May of 1965…our caps and gowns were ordered and paid for, all we had left to do was class reviews and finals to take. We had planned picnics in the park, study sessions with class groups, hanging out at the student union with friends, and plans to meet after graduation. Suddenly we got notice that classes were cancelled ... click here to keep reading.
REFLECTION: GENERATIONAL PERSPECTIVES FOR HEALING
Be on your guard; stand firm in the faith;
be courageous; be strong . 1 Corinthians 16:13

It was in the early days of the pandemic when my friend Connie first shared her graduation story with me. As I listened, I found myself doing what I have done frequently throughout my mothering journey: seeking wisdom from someone wiser and more experienced than me. Her story brought me relief and hope, replacing my fear and despair. I realized I was hearing words that were valuable and helpful for both graduates and their elders. I found guidance on how to support my own daughter Kayla through the abrupt end of her college life (while admittedly working through my own grief).

My challenge—to provide perspective without diminishing the experience—was revealed in Connie’s choice to share her story. As I listened, I did not hear pain. I heard healing.... click here to keep reading.
RETREAT, REFLECT, RENEW

Click here for more information on upcoming online retreats:

Listening for the still voice of God. June 15 - July 10.
Courage for the Call. July 13 - August 7.
WE ARE HERE
WITHIN MINISTRIES remains able to serve your ministry needs while holding to the physical distance we have all been called to. Let us know how we can help.

Women are "gathering" in creative ways to remain present to one another and to nurture community at a time when we need it more than ever. Need help exploring options for your group? Contact us.

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