Monday, February 23, 2009

The Vestry and exploring our spiritual gifts

I am back from the Vestry retreat, and we spent a lot of time getting to know each other better, praying together, laughing, sharing, building trust and talking about how to be a discerning community of faithful leaders for St. Paul's Memorial Church. Everyone was invited to share what they believe are the spiritual gifts they bring to the Vestry, and we talked about Paul's First Letter to the Corinthians 12: 4-13 about the "varieties of gifts" given by the Spirit that knit us into "one body." Those gifts come from outside us, and those gifts are what we bring to our circle of faith so we can serve the people of St. Paul's with faith and integrity.

As it happens, Martha Loach Webber shared with me last week a video from TED of a talk given by writer Elizabeth Gilbert about how genius comes from outside ourselves. Ms. Gilbert doesn't say "spiritual gifts" but she is talking the language of spiritual gifts. You will need 18 minutes to watch but it is worth your time:

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