“I pray that they will be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you. I pray that they will also be in us, so that the world will believe that you sent me.” John 17: 21
“I am what I am because of who we all are”
Liberian peace activist, Leymah Gbowee
TIPS FOR CREATING SACRED COMMUNITY
AKA: SISTER HOODS
“At the heart of healthy community lies the importance of Spirit, elders, children, ritual, gift-giving, ancestors, responsibility and accountability.”
Welcoming Spirit Home, Sobonfu Some’, p. 39
Sacred Sisters began our Journey to Shalom in the Spring of 2017.
Some are still on this journey, some have chosen to travel other paths.
All continue to be Sacred and precious in God’s sight. In 2018 we continue our Journey - from Shalom to Ubuntu, from Peer Group to Sacred Community, from colleague to sister.
Below are simple reminders of a few basics for creating community and deepening relationship.
GET TO KNOW ONE ANOTHER
Spend time together: in talking with those who have been able to participate in our follow-up calls, the biggest challenge for those groups which are struggling has been finding and committing to the time to be together by phone or in person. Time together is the key and first commitment to Sacred Community. You are worth this time. And the time with your sisters is worth your time. It is the only way to get to know one another, or to know one another more deeply. Time together creates trust, a sense of belonging and the knowledge that we are valued.
Share your story: who is family, reflect on your call, what you do for fun, your favorite movies, foods, what you believe will make the world a better place, testimonies, goals, challenges, hopes, disappointments, fears, how you got over.....
Do something fun, completely unrelated to work: a movie, spa day, lunch or dinner, a play or show, a boat ride, a walk outside, read a comic book series or a fun novel, share your reflections on a TV series…..
Pray with and for one another
CREATE A SACRED RITUAL
Ritual provides the spiritual space for meeting God and bonding with one another. It can be very simple or more elaborate according to your preferences and need and include such things as:
Creating a personal altar space where you sit for phone or web meetings, a group altar space when together. For example, at a restaurant - use a napkin, a glass of water and a piece of bread to create a sacred space in the center of your table, bring an article to put on the altar at face-to-face meetings that have special significance you at that time
Lighting a real or battery-powered candle each time you meet or bringing your candle with you to a face-to-face meeting.
Using the same sequence of practices whenever you meet – for example:
Create your altar
Soul Care (joys or concerns to share for prayer)
Sacred Conversations (what is working, what is going well)
Topic for discussion or activity to be shared
Celebration, gratitude for God`s presence with you and for each other
Leave the altar space or take down the altar
As people of African descent relationship is always our first priority. Being present with another human being and with other expressions of God’s creation is what makes each of us most fully human.
So, approach your community of sisters as an opportunity to be rather than something else to do.
Relax, have fun, enjoy whatever the time is - 15 minutes on a phone call or 2 days at a retreat or a week in the islands! Commit to yourself to be fully present to yourself and others for that period of time.
SACRED Sisters is all about you! All to your health, wellness and excellence - in life and in service to God. Believe it and receive it!
30 DAY CHALLENGE
Choose one of your visions for health and wellness that you have not yet fully accomplished but still want to manifest.
Imagine how you would feel if it was already accomplished. See it and feel it and act as if it was already done. Focus on this one thing for the next 30 days.
Jesus said, “Therefore I say to you, whatever you pray and ask for, believe that you will receive it, and will be so for you.” Mark 11: 24 CEB
Share your praise report in at our Retreat in April!