Dear Friends,

I am on sabbatical now, but before I left, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and I were able to conduct a video interview via Zoom about “The Jesus Movement.” As this phrase has been launched (or re-launched) by +Michael, the response in our diocese has run the spectrum from great embrace to great aversion. So, it seemed a good idea to listen to our Presiding Bishop and hear what he is thinking about as he uses these words. In turn, we can listen to one another.

The interview is filled with great energy, insight, and humor, and it’s available to view at the video link below. Together we will discover the wisdom of the Spirit!

You will hear in our exchange several references to the book The Beloved Community by Charles Marsh. It’s a great read on the Kingdom of God, a review of the civil rights movement, and some thought critique about “what makes a movement anyway?”

I hope you might watch this video in community and have a fruitful discussion. I hope we might be inspired to think and act more deeply about Jesus, and the life to which we have committed as the baptized. What scares us? What inspires us? What challenges us?

You might wish to use the Living Room Conversations format. Once again, the link to the website can be found here and below is a set of questions you may use, which has been customized for a discussion on the Jesus Movement.

May the grace of God that we know in Christ call us, lead us and keep us on the path to which we have been called.

With every blessing,
+Mary

Click the image above to view the video of Bishop Mary’s interview with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry. The HD video on our YouTube page can be viewed full-screen and is ideal for viewing in community settings, such as Bible study groups or special gatherings.

Sample Questions for The Jesus Movement

Round One: Getting Started / Why Are We Here?
– What interested you or drew you to this conversation?

Round Two: Core Values
Answer one or more of the following:
– What sense of purpose / mission / duty guides you in your life?
– What would your best friend say about who you are and what makes you “tick”?
– What are your hopes and concerns for your community and/or the country now and long-term?

Round Three: The Jesus Movement
Remember that the goal for this conversation is to listen and learn about different opinions and where we have shared interests, intentions and goals.
– What is your personal response to the language, “The Jesus Movement”?
– What is a movement to you?
– What would it take for you to be part of a movement?
– What is your hope for the church? How do we become that hope?

Round Four: What Are We Learning Here?
Answer one or more of the following questions:
– In one sentence, share what was most meaningful / valuable to you in the experience of this Living Room Conversation.
– What learning, new understanding or common ground was found on this topic?
– Has this conversation changed your perception of anyone in this group, including yourself?

Round Five: Accomplishment and Next Steps
Answer the following questions:
– What is one important thing you thought was accomplished here?
– Is there a next step you would like to take based upon the conversation you just had?