What inspires you? What sustains you?
When you are feeling discouraged and disconnected, what practices and sources of inspiration help maintain your sense of resilience?
Our staff and vestry have contributed their suggestions; we will put boxes in the Gathering Space to collect yours too!
"A source of inspiration for me is the example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer during the Third Reich and WWII--his courage and faith--an inspiration even to his jailers."
- reading poetry
- being outside
- seeing the stars
- being with friends and having good conversations
- playing piano
- being with friends
- working with young people
- conversations with friends
- playing music and singing
"having open conversations with others about why we do what we do--and supporting others in what we do."
- Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton (three people wrote this in!)
- The Psalms
- Love Poems from God: Twelve Sacred Voices from the East and West by Daniel Ladinsky
- Tribe: On Homecoming and Belonging by Sebastian Junger
- If You Believe: On Salmon Lane by Hannah Lowe, poem
- escapist books
- "old masters"
- books about creative living and being an authentic self
- Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
- Healing after Loss: Daily Devotions for Working through Grief by Martha W. Hickman
- Guerillas of Grace: Prayers for the Battle by Ted Loder
- Clementine by Sarah Pennypacker
- Strange Glory: A Life of Dietrich Bonhoeffer by Charles Marsh
- The New Yorker
- re-reading novels by Patricia Wentworth
- Lady Byron and her Daughters by Julia Markus
- Battlefield of the Mind by Joyce Meyer
- Twenty-four Hours a Day
- The Meaning of Mary Magdalene: Discovering the Woman at the Heart of Christianity by Cynthia Borgeault
- God's Long Summer: Stories of Faith and Civil Rights by Charles Marsh
- playing Gilbert and Sullivan tunes on the piano
- FM 90.5