For almost 2 years, this blog has been up and running thanks in most part to a group of CHI staff who have been probing their hearts, minds, and the internet for resources and news that might encourage and inspire pastors in their journey to wellness. Along the way, we’ve featured a few Spirited Life pastor stories (ex. here and here) and have even had some guest bloggers (ex. here and here). And, wouldn’t you know, it’s these personal stories and examples that have generated the most interest and comments on the blog?
If I had a guess, I’d attribute this to the fact that, as Philip Pullman says, “After nourishment, shelter, and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” It seems that we especially find inspiration and encouragement in the voices and stories of our peers, our colleagues, our families – people we know or with whom we’re in connection – who’ve been where we are, felt what we feel.
So, we’re asking for your song, your story, your experiences, and we’ll post them on the blog. Tell us what you’ve learned during your time in Spirited Life or in your own journey toward wellness. What are your churches doing to inspire communities to think about wellness? Maybe you have some reflections (or poetry! or photos!) you’d like to share about one or more domains of health or about how you used your Spirited Life small grant. Do you have a personal or church blog that might inspire others?
We don’t want this to be an extra item on your to-do list but rather something that is enjoyable and life-giving. If you’re having trouble getting started, think about Hemingway’s words: “All you have to do is write one true sentence. Write the truest sentence that you know.”
We hope you’ll share your song with us! If you’re interested in writing a blog post or have questions about the right length or topic, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and write “blog” in the subject line. We’d be happy to share more.
First image by Flickr user Kohlmeise-2 via CC; second image courtesy of CHI, of Pastor Bob Kretzu, who used his Spirited Life small grant on painting classes and materials