June 9, 2021
We have a Threadcast (Podcast)!
As you may have noticed...our monthly rhythm does not include a traditional "sermon." This is intentional, but it is not because we don't think that form of communication is obsolete.
Some people love sermons...and some people don't. Some people are ready to dive deeper into a subject...and other's aren't. Rarely does that always happen on the same time of the same day of the week.
That being said...one of our core values is growth. We want to be a place that always, always, always, accepts people where they are at...unconditionally....but we also want to be a place that encourages people to grow and mature.
We believe real growth doesn't happen the same way and on the same time table for everyone. Everyone grows at their own pace.
So we want to create a place for people to be comfortable in who they are but also be challenged to grow.
That is where our Threadcast comes in to play. This is published every week with the intent to be a venue for people to be challenged deeper in the subject we talked about on Sunday.
The beauty of it being in the podcast format is that people can listen it to it; when they are ready and have time to fully engage.
We have two different ways you can access the Threadcast.
1) You can go to Itunes and subscribe to Common Thread Church and listen to it like a normal podcast.
2) You can access it through our Faithlife app. If you access it in Faithlife, it will also have a slideshow that accompanies the talk that you can watch as you listen.
Our final goal in helping the growth process is to also provide a place to have conversation after you have listened to the Threadcast. To be honest, we still haven't hammered out the best way to do this, but we are slowly experimenting with different ways of doing it through Faithlife.
If you haven't ever listened to the Threadcast, please make an effort to do so this week. It is the perfect time. We are just starting a new series and this week is the introduction into that series.
@ The Bridges' Estate/Manor/Compound/Ranch
Fire Pit, Stories, & Roasted Marshmallows
Sid will also perform the Haka in traditional garb.
Click here if you would like to see what the Haka actually is.
Every Wednesday night in the summer from 8:00-9:00ish PM, all gentlemen are invited to the Smith house for beverages, smores, and fellowship. Bring a friend. Rain or shine
Vazquez Meet UP:
Melissa and family will be in Maumelle this weekend of June 12-14th. We are really excited to see them in person. On Sunday, June 13th, we will have a pool party at Connie Raley's house. It will be a come and go event from 2:00-5:00 pm. Bring finger foods or Appetizers.
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Common Thread friends....one of our main goals is to reach people who are wrestling with "Faith and God". This article is a great insight into their world...and maybe yours.
“What deconstruction is…and isn’t”
April 11, 2018
“I distrust those people who knew so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires.” – Susan B. Anthony
“There is one road to certainty – through a door marked ‘death.’” – John Orberg
When I began my own personal deconstruction two and half years ago, it was not something I planned for or even wanted. I’d much rather have remained within my happy, blissful bubble of certainty. Let’s be honest, that’s a much easier way to live. It’s far easier to have someone spoon-feed me what I should believe in neatly defined categories. When we are able to put things in simple dualistic terms it makes the game much easier to play. I’m right, you’re wrong; I’m in, you’re out; this is up, and this is down; black and white, Democrat or Republican, and so on. However, we all know that’s not how life works. To be human means to live in the grey, to get in the mess and deal with complexity. This is the case with deconstruction. Most of us aren’t so lucky as to have a choice. Many of us are throw into the journey of deconstruction whether we like it or not courtesy of some sort of trauma. And like so many others I found myself on the path with no map or compass and no idea how I’d even ended up there. It all started with a genuine cry into the dark for answers.
Since starting a podcast I’ve gotten a lot of pushback about the idea of deconstruction. It’s certainly a provocative and often misunderstood term. As a result, I’ve often heard a lot of people and religious leaders say that it’s unnecessary, immature, a sign of weak faith, a sin, and even that it’s only something millennials do. Let me just say that those people, although the mean well, fundamentally misunderstand what it means to go through a deconstruction. If we are to engage with folks who may be in different phases of their spiritual journey in a loving and productive way, we need to first understand what spiritual deconstruction is, and also what it isn’t. Until we gain that understanding, we may continue to do more damage than good, and continue to see people around us leaving the faith.
People who are on a spiritual journey (AKA going through a deconstruction) aren’t bad people. They don’t have less faith, they aren’t sinners (at least not any more than the rest of the world), they aren’t being punished, they aren’t suffering from “white privilege” (or any other sort of privilege for that matter), and they aren’t doing anything wrong. People who end up in a deconstruction are people from all sorts of backgrounds, education levels, cultures, age groups, and believe it or not religions! This isn’t exclusive to Christianity. Regardless, religious leaders and religious systems have a habit of shaming people who are experiencing a deconstruction as if they did something wrong or are lacking in some way. This is absurd! One of Jesus’ disciples was nicknamed “Doubting Thomas.” Thomas needed to be shown the holes in Jesus’ hands after his resurrection just to believe it had actually happened! Israel, God’s “chosen people,” literally means “to wrestle with God.” The fact is, there are people all throughout the bible who are struggling with what it means to be a follower of the Divine.
This brings me to the second most common misunderstanding. Most people who are in the midst of deconstruction aren’t trying to leave religion or even stop being part of community. IF that was the intent, then why bother to engage with deconstruction at all? What would be the point? It would be far easier just to burn it all down and be done with it. This is not what deconstruction is about though. Deconstruction is a careful and deliberate examination of ones beliefs from the inside. It’s about coming to terms with what you believe outside of your inherited beliefs. It’s about growing INTO your faith, no out of it. Sure, there are instances when one’s spiritual journey may lead them away from the faith altogether. However, that is certainly not the goal. Deconstruction is a process of growth and maturation. It is not necessary to throw the baby out with the bathwater as they say.
The religious leaders in our communities need to recognize that deconstruction is not a new phenomenon. Great religious figures have gone on their own spiritual journeys all throughout history. It’s something that is as much a part of the spiritual process as losing your baby teeth is to a toddler. The best thing we can do as leaders, family, friends, and community is love them through it – even if we don’t happen to be in the same place on the path – even if we don’t completely understand it. We must create safe spaces to allow for questions, dialogue, and inclusion. We must stop worshipping the golden calf of certainty, and learn to embrace the God of Divine mystery.