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Half Way Through Phase One

The Deep in the Burbs Research Team has met three times out of the six scheduled meetings in Phase One of the project. We talked about the Social Trinity this past Monday. I created a series of videos designed to introduce the conversation around the Trinity as it has developed in Western Culture.

I must say that it was a very different dynamic from the first two meetings. Those meetings consisted of dynamic small group conversations, based on Peter Block’s 1-3-6 priniciple1 . This past meeting we watched a video, reflected individually, and then jumped right to large group discussion. It was amazing to see how some people in the group never spoke once. read more

  1. This is the process of inviting people to process a question individually, then in groups of three, then in groups of six. It allows everyone to contribute and feel empowered. read more… []

Two Weeks Left in Phase Two

The final meetings of the Deep in the Burbs Research Project happen in two weeks. Here is a brief synopsis of the project and the final questions we will ponder.

A Brief Summary

We are a group of Upper Mid-Western Suburban ELCA Christians from three congregations. We came together in the Deep in the Burbs Research Team to reimagine spiritual formation in the suburbs in light of the social Trinity. We met together for four weeks in February and March, 2014 to discuss the topics of spiritual formation, the social Trinity, and the suburban context. We then met four more times in April and May to collaboratively create projects that we could do in our own contexts to engage these key topics in our lived experience between May and November. Each meeting began with a Dwelling in the Word in John 14, 15, and 16 before we engaged the specific topic at hand. read more