In the capacity of leadership, one must come to proper terms with a number of realities:
– It’s hard to find and make close friends
– Others are easily intimidated by you
– You become the target of others’ projections, strife, misgivings, and illusory notions
Reminders I tell myself:
– As long as I’m working to show up in the best way I can, I must learn to let go of how other people see and regard me
– It’s often not helpful or kind to anyone if I dull my light in an attempt to lessen people’s inferiority complex reaction
– When anyone shows up big, they become a bigger mirror through which others see themselves reflected – and oftentimes, they don’t like what they see.
Last night I attended what was called the Faith in Action Summit put on by the Missoula Interfaith Collaborative (MIC). As our sangha’s representative with the MIC, and one of our faith leaders (as an ordained Order of Interbeing member), I was also asked to say a few words as part of this event. Among a handful of other clergy members from different congregations we were advised to craft an address, totaling 2 minutes and 30 seconds, on the following prompt:
Given our current societal context:
A prominent mark of our culture is a falling away from religious communities and practices. Yet the value of social justice and service to the community remains strong, especially among young people.
Many faith leaders understand that our faith communities are in a time where deep transformation is necessary.
A central teaching of all our faith traditions is to be people marked by our call to seek justice and love our neighbor.
Paint a picture of what it may look like in 5 to 7 years if you could build the congregation that you hope to be. Note: (You have unlimited resources and everyone that needs to will say yes to your vision).
- Please be specific (What activities is the congregation doing, how is the building used or is there a building, what are the staff doing, how is the congregation known in the broader community)
- Be imaginative