Guest post by Bill Cruse
We are in a diverse changing world that seems to move faster and faster every year. I hear myself and others say things like, “wow, it’s summer already? Where did the spring go?” We have a sense that time is passing more quickly. We rush from one meeting to the next, and from worship service to the next activity without much time for reflection on what has happened.
I entered seminary six weeks ago. I’ve been forced to stop rushing by the intentional pattern of life established in this community. I might feel pressed to get the next chapter read or the paper written, but this community provides an opportunity for the sustaining of my wellness. Even though I have deadlines at school, a flight to catch for weekend work or family visits, I am able to do all this in a new way, with a spirituality that sustains me. I’m not drained of energy; instead I feel more alive and connected.
Something has changed for me. I have a new sense of wellness and sustaining rhythm in my life. And if I think back to an earlier Sustainist blog post, my wellness will affect those who are in my spheres of influence. Through email, text messages, Facebook, Google+, and Twitter I have been sharing my experiences. My friends are learning of the new patterns and rhythm my life has acquired. I have adopted a new ordo – a word that implies a methodical series or arrangement (and is used in the church to describe liturgical order). I use the word intentionally. It is unusual, set apart from daily life, and not part of our common parlance. What’s happened for me is that I have adopted an intentional ordo that invites me to slow down, connect with people and my thoughts, and with my Creator. I take time to sustain all of my holy currencies: relationship, wellness, time and place, money, leadership, and truth.
To sustain our wellbeing, our communities, our relationships, and our world, we need to re-establish a World Ordo, each of us, alone and in community. I’m in residence at seminary where developing a pattern and rhythm is hard to avoid. I am blessed with time intentionally set apart in community with daily prayer, and twice weekly mid-day Eucharist, times to give thanks. But also in the hearing of the Word (classes) and beginning to put the Word into action. I offer myself, my soul, my body through my assignments as a thanksgiving for all I have and continue to receive. I am sent forth each day, and am preparing to be sent forth in a new and unique way when I complete this formational process.
Invite members of your community to gather and explore ways to create intentional time that sustains wellness and relationship:
Reflection Questions for Proper 23 (Year B)
Job 23:1-9, 16-1
Bill Cruse is the East Coast Program Coordinator and an Associate with the Kaleidoscope Institute. He is an intercultural competency coach and a licensed Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory®. Bill is a postulant in the Episcopal Diocese of New Hampshire and pursuing the Master of Divinity degree at Episcopal Divinity School in Cambridge, MA. He will be co-facilitating the Multicultural Conference “Creating a Church for All People” at Lake Junaluska November 29 – December 1. Bill can be reached via email at email@example.com