Research, Themes of JTT
I have always been a bit hesitant to refer to anything as my “calling.” It seems like such a loaded word to use. This author, Jimmy, writes it better than I could with four simple realities about “calling.” It’s worth the read if you wonder about that for yourself, the way I have for myself.
4 things to remember when you’re not sure what you’re supposed to do with your life.
Source: So You Have No Idea What Your ‘Calling’ Is | RELEVANT Magazine

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?

IMG_8913 This is an interesting article that discusses faith in a range of religious traditions. It is the fourth in a series that has previously looked at millennials that have left faith communities, and now is looking at some who stay.
I enjoyed that they looked at more than one faith tradition. People from a variety of traditions mention some of the same themes.
Source: Millennials keeping their faith – The Daily Universe

Journey to the Table, Research, Themes of JTT
How to survive with an intellectual faith in an emotional church.
Here’s a gem of an article that I read a couple years ago while forming thoughts about how Journey to the Table could be accessible for people with different spiritual styles. At first, I resonated personally with the writer of this article. I too have struggled trying to have a more “emotional” faith, or a more “contemplative” faith, as if I am supposed to have those kinds of faith. Over time, I’ve started to appreciate this article (and the subtle influence it has had on JTT) more for how it embraces different expressions of faith as equally beneficial. My intellectual faith grows immensely from the occasional dose of a contemplative spiritual practice. I imagine people who have a more emotional or contemplative faith occasionally grow in faith from a good intellectual study, or other practice that isn’t their normal, as well. I hope JTT gives space for all of these. I hope it gives space for people to grow from something that is close to their normal spiritual mode, and also grow from trying a new thing or two. And most importantly, I hope it’s a place where people of different spiritual modes can meet and share. After all, my favorite conversations about faith are the ones where I get to understand someone else’s point of view, and hopefully see things in a slightly new way. I hope you will enjoy those too. Source: Faith Involves Your Brain, Too

There is one more test still to come for Journey to the Table the weekend of March 4th through 6th. We are already making some changes to the program based on what we have learned from the tests that we have already run, and will be putting the finishing touches on those after the last test. Then comes the really exciting part: the part where we get to offer Journey to the Table more widely. Beginning on March 17th, there will be a series of videos, training, and information becoming available to find out more about how you can start Journey to the Table where you are. This series will continue until July 8th when the first JTT event begins in Nashville at The Upper Room headquarters. I hope that you will join us along this part of the journey as we launch this new program.