Sunday, October 22nd, 2017
HEAR THIS HUNGER
I designed and facilitated a Playshop last week based on themes from the book I just released–I PRAY ANYWAY: Devotions for the Ambivalent. I have written a discussion and workshop guide for it that will be available in mid-December. I have to laugh because the book has no market and offends everyone, those who pray and those who don’t. It had no clear market channel.
Then again—-one is emerging. The market seems to be people wanting to talk about the future of religion and if there is one, people wanting to ‘rebrand’ prayer and make it accessible in a new way and people wanting to be able to talk about and with and across differences that are profound.
Fine. But something else emerged from this pilot workshop. I had placed quotations on the wall about themes of prayer, values, skepticism, faith, doubt, many of them quite funny. As people entered I asked that they pick two favorite quotes by marking them.
Here was the winner:
—Integrity is the ability to listen to a place inside
oneself that doesn’t change, even though the
life that carries it may change—
—Rabbi Jonathan Omer-man
The hunger beneath the surface of the stated topic of the evening was the desire for leaders of integrity that are able to articulate a value structure and to inspire us to create a community that allows for profound differences AND contains enough agreement about a common ground to stand on together for the greatest good.
I used to tell my direct reports in Organizational Development that no matter what the question, people will answer with what they need to say, at least for a first response. Leaders, hear this hunger.