What Are Your Six Words for Your Journey of Becoming?

In our monthly newsletter, KUFLinks, this month you were invited into the practice of writing six word memoirs. Just in case you didn’t get a chance to play with this yet, here is reprise of that content: 

Larry Smith is passionate about helping people share their … read more.

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A defenseless heart is where real love grows.
~Pauline Capalbo

We do not grow absolutely, chronologically. We grow sometimes in one dimension, and not in another; unevenly. We grow partially. We are relative. We are mature in one realm, childish in another. The past, present, and future … read more.

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Word Roots: On Becoming

The word root ‘be’ comes from the Old English prefix be “on all sides” as beset, or bedazzled, and it goes back to the Proto-Indo-European PIE root ‘bheue’ to be, to exist, to grow. The old English idea of ‘cumin’ is “to move with the … read more.

Pondering Questions

Don’t treat these questions like homework or try to answer every single one. Instead, take time to meditate on the list and pick one question that speaks to you. The goal is to figure out which question is yours. Which question captures the call of … read more.

Thematic Thoughts

“We receive who we are before we choose who we will become… We are born into relationship before we shape relationships by our conscious intention. We inherit covenant before we create covenant… Covenant making must begin with the question, ‘What have we been given? What … read more.

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The heart of justice is truth telling, seeing ourselves and the world the way it is rather than the way we want it to be. More than ever before we, as a society, need to renew a commitment to truth telling.
~bell hooks

Faith is a commitment … read more.

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Word Roots: 

Commitment includes three Latin word roots: com – together, mit – to send, and ment – a result. This shapes an idea that commitment is not experienced in isolation but with others and with all parts of ourselves. Commitment has an energy that moves, sending us in a direction.

Quotes: 

Anything less than … read more.

Pondering Questions

Don’t treat these questions like “homework” or try to answer every single one. Instead, make time to meditate on the list and then pick one question that speaks to you. The goal is to figure out which question is yours.”

What commitment has shaped you the … read more.

Thematic Thoughts

We have been learning over and over that Beloved Community requires us to “get proximate to the marginalized” in the words of human rights lawyer, professor, humanitarian, and author Bryan Stevenson. He says the four practices are: 

#1 – get proximate to the marginalized
#2 – change … read more.

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Beloved Community is when we say “we,” and we mean everyone.
     Beloved Community is not homogenous. It can’t be. When commonality is presumed, when we make assumptions about who’s present and whether people are “like us,” or not, we’re … read more.