habits of the heart

kathyescobar church stuff, fundamentalism, healing, incarnational, leadership 5 Comments

through an awesome friend’s connection, i recently became part of an inter-faith group here in denver, faith leaders from many different traditions coming together once a month to share and learn together. i am new to it so just kind of getting the groove and listening as much as i can, but it has been a really interesting experience and something i have been wanting to do for a while.  my favorite part of it is that each person there can speak from their particular tradition …

formation friday: our inner pharisee

kathyescobar church stuff, formation friday, healing, identity, relationships, spiritual formation 15 Comments

once in a while it’s fun to focus in on one topic longer than a post, and i am glad for the different responses to “healing the divides” week; if even one conversation or relationship could be different because of it, it was way worth it to me.  the other posts this week are: 8 ways those from more liberal-progressive and conservative-evangelical persuasions can better love each other, safer people make safer conversations, breaking down walls, and deeper dignified dialogue. i haven’t posted a formation friday (better …

deeper dignified dialogue

kathyescobar church stuff, healing, incarnational, relationships 9 Comments

last year i was part of the denver faith & justice conference, a lovely event that included so many wonderful conversations. as part of the kick off, we set up the importance of cultivating dignified dialogue at the gathering. the people attending came from a wide variety of faith traditions, and  justice issues stir up a lot of strong feelings.  we used these guidelines for communication, and they seemed to set the stage for more safety & better listening. here were the 5 guidelines for dignified …

breaking down walls

kathyescobar church stuff, healing, incarnational, injustice, jesus is cool, relationships, spiritual formation 7 Comments

this week is “healing the divides” week here on the blog, and i’ve loved the feedback and responses to the first two posts: 8 ways those from more liberal-progressive and conservative-evangelical persuasions can love each other better safer people make safer conversations today i thought i’d mix it up a little and share a little video blog instead of writing. i’d love to do more video conversations like i did a few years ago, but alas, this one is just me rambling a few thoughts on …

safer people make safer conversations

kathyescobar church stuff, healing, incarnational, leadership, relationships 10 Comments

this week is “healing the divides” week here at the blog, a few different posts centered on creating ways to love each other better despite our differences.  we started yesterday with 8 ways those from more liberal-progressive and conservative-evangelical persuasions can love each other better.  today, i want to talk about becoming safer people who can hold the space for safer conversations. a really big thing that gets in the way of healthier-ways-of-living-in-the-tension-of-our-differences is unsafety. it’s impossible to have unity and love when there’s all kinds of …

8 ways those from more liberal-progressive and conservative-evangelical persuasions can better love each other

kathyescobar church stuff, healing, incarnational, jesus is cool, relationships 36 Comments

* it’s going to be a busy 2 weeks on the blog and then i’m going to take all of july & august off so i can enjoy my kids home from summer, work on faith shift, and focus on refuge stuff that really needs some attention. i am going to miss you and it will be freaky to not think in blog for that long but after 2 weeks with lots of posts, you’ll probably be sick of me and ready for a break, too! …

intra-faith dialogue.

kathyescobar dreams, incarnational, relationships, spiritual formation 30 Comments

last week i was in a fun conversation with some dear friends (planning our next theology camp!) about how hard it is to hold the space for differing theological perspectives on really big issues. it’s tough because so much of our thinking has become “either/or”.  you’re either this type of christian or you’re that type of christian. you’re either conservative or liberal. you’re either evangelical or mainline, for this or against that. we have built some scary divides between each other and it feels like the gap …