Journey to the Table

I read a Tweet a couple days ago from Krista Tippett, the host of the radio show and podcast, On Being.

In a sense, I find this statement easy to understand and agree with: the people who I love most are also people that I know well. Because I know them well, it is easy to figure out what subjects to talk about, or which to leave for later. For me, there is also a challenge here: with the people I love most, why do I not broach certain subjects? Sometimes, it is a matter of timing. My fiancee and I had a miscommunication last weekend right before we walked into a store. We found everything we needed in the store, and later addressed that conversation again that evening. That was easy to address once we had a more focused time to do so. The challenge that this Tweet brought to my mind are all the other subjects that I choose to address later with the people I know best and love most. It can be difficult at times to have conversations in which we may disagree, or may not understand each other. It may even result in me having to re-think my opinion on a topic. How can I be better at practicing these kinds of conversations with the people I love most – with whom I have the safety to disagree and still love, to challenge one another and still have great respect? Maybe that would lead to more comfort in knowing what subjects I an broach even with people who are not inside that inner circle of people. How can I start those conversations with the same amount of respect and love for all people?

Journey to the Table, Research
This is interesting research. I don’t often see options like Pew’s “When They Were Young” button. It is interesting to compare generations at the same life stage.
Our analysis finds that Millennials stand apart from the young adults of the Silent generation when it comes to education, employment and home life.
Source: How Millennials compare with their grandparents 50 years ago | Pew Research Center

Journey to the Table, Research, Themes of JTT
I have been fascinated recently by questions about things that identify us. For me, this is a pretty comprehensive list of the types of things I would answer when people ask me about myself. Particularly this week, this is a good reminder of whose I am.
Examining the many identities we take on and the only one that truly matters.
Source: 21 Things That Don’t Define You | RELEVANT Magazine

Emmaus ministries, Journey to the Table
March 17th is an important day. It marks exactly two years that we have been working on a new program for ministry with young adults, which means it is also the two ear anniversary of when I started working at The Upper Room. It is also my birthday. And last but not least, it is the day that the first informational video will come out about Journey to the Table. This video will be the first in a series of informational and training videos and other material as part of the the launch of this new program. This series will finish with Journey to the Table #1 at The Upper Room headquarters in Nashville, TN July 8th – 10th, 2016. In preparation for this first Journey to the Table video on March 17th, I thought I’d share a few of the still captures from the first draft of the video.   1 I like to call this one ‘the news desk.’   2 A little dimmer lighting and this could be a music video.   3 There’s just no excuse for making that face. I’m sorry.   4 Here’s a good one. Except who blocked that fire extinguisher with a pillow?