I came across this post today on leadership and was reminded how busy we get creating meetings, plans and schedules, when conversely the pursuit of the deep stories of our community lead us to the valuable conversations that bring life and hope to our world.
Mark Strom illustrates in this TEDTalk that creating grounded questions orientates our lives and starts a conversation where previously all that could be offered was a closed statement.
Walter Bruggeman shares how narrative gives continuity to the community; he maintains that within the church the central narrative is the eucharist (or perhaps the Lord’s Supper or Mass), and as we meet we re-enact this narrative. Conversely, the “glue” of narrative dissolves when we fail to re-tell our stories within the community.
Te Raranga’s kaupapa encompasses ‘telling the story’ – the story of our communities, of the gospel, of our hope and our faith – woven together for the glory of God.