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utter vulnerability

“The utter vulnerability of silence” is a phrase from a recent Richard Rohr Daily Meditation that caught my attention, so I gave it a home in my journaling.

Later I added “echoes Christ.”

It’s a mystery to me why this image on silence is one that I’m choosing to share, especially after a weekend that was about women giving voice to an alternative vision.

The utter vulnerability of silence echoes Christ.

I do know that when my own activity is rooted in the quiet, I tend to be more true to who I am and act with more intention toward what I believe.

May we all have the courage to both enter the silence and echo the Christ in our lives.




and the rest of the story…

I’m getting a little itchy to move on to newer journaling, so here I’m just going to share the rest of the notes from the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Theological Conference.

If you’re interested in seeing them all together, I’ve also shared them on Pinterest:  https://www.pinterest.com/vondadrees/daring-greatly-elca-greater-milwaukee-synod-2016-f/






art led the way

In Christ we are daring faith – caught by grace – echoing shalom.

I had a wonderful experience recently as Artist in Residence at the Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Theological Conference, facilitated by Pastor Sarah Ciavarri with Brené Brown’s Daring Greatly curriculum. During each session I created images that became the centering reflection beginning the next session.

Art led the way.


bless the space and step in

Just back from some wonderful days with old and new friends at the ELCA Greater Milwaukee Synod’s Fall Theological Conference. Pastor Sarah Ciavarri walked with us through Brené Brown’s “Daring Greatly” material. What does vulnerability look like in church leadership?

I am grateful for tears-shared, goosebumps-lifted, soulful moments, places and spaces of vulnerability that marked these days as good, very good.

The image holds notes from a talk by Grunewald Guild founder Liz Caemmerer as we were preparing for a labyrinth walk in community. Somehow this morning the essence of this image also touches vulnerability.