ESSAY ON RESILIENCE by Joann M. Anderson
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Resilience | Teen Essay on self-esteem, spirituality/religion ..
In a delightful fashion, and with a keen eye toward practical theology, Katelyn Gordon takes up the challenging task of exploring each essay on resilience and how it can be understood and practiced in our faith communities. Participants are asked to apply the essays to an experience of adversity within their own congregation; consider what resilience means to them; and summarize the findings and apply the relationship between resilience and hope and their own experiences of this relationship in their church. In particular, Gordon’s reflection on Moore-Keish’s response, and the invitation to “nourish our imaginations regularly, through reading and wrestling, prayer and proclamation, singing and meditation, on the varied scripture narratives that attest to God’s activity in the midst of change, turmoil, even destruction and death,” is given a faithful response in both the curriculum, and this prayer:
Faithful and steadfast God, we give you thanks for your Word in Scripture
and especially for stories of resilience and hope. We thank you for your abiding
presence with your people in the midst of exile and despair, and we pray that
you will help us to turn to you and to your Word for encouragement when we are
feeling helpless and hopeless. In the name of your Son Jesus Christ, we pray.
In her suggested curriculum Gordon has given us a remarkably practical, theologically astute response to this conversation. I am grateful for this, and for her faithful ministry.
Resilience Essays | Wisdom Commons
Brene Brown, in her recent text “Desiring Greatly,” writes about wholehearted vulnerability leading, paradoxically, to resilience. She writes:
I think it points to maybe one of the deepest paradoxes about vulnerability,
which is when I meet you, vulnerability is a very first thing I try to find in you
and it's the very last thing I want to show you in me because it's the glue that
holds connection together. It's all about our community humanity and, when
we own our stories and we share our stories with one another and we see
ourselves reflected back in the stories of people in our lives, we know we're
not alone. And to me, that's the heart of wholeheartedness, it's the center of
spirituality. To me, that's the nature of connection, to be able to see myself
and hear myself and learn more about myself in the stories you tell about
The poems of Auden, the hymn by Rossetti, and the essays and curriculum generously offered by these thoughtful respondents each bear testimony to imaginative resilience in the midst of the “harrowing” narratives of a Christmas marked, especially this year, by both tragedy and hope. As we lean into Epiphany, perhaps our true joy is the assurance that in this particular child, Jesus, God has entered the world in a profoundly, humanly real, incarnational way. And that in this particular child, light has come into the world and the darkness did not, and will not, overcome it. This is a vision of resilience which calls us forward, in our common human affliction and vulnerability, to faithful practices and imaginative, resilient responses.
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