I've presented the Invite-Welcome-Connect work many times now in congregations around the country, and I alway pray and trust that God will speak through me...using my gifts and passion in a way that will touch people's hearts and souls. This process is all about using God's gift of creativity in a way that brings transformation in the lives of people, so what a blessing to receive feedback from two lay women who've attended my workshop. Clearly the Holy Spirit was speaking through me, as I do not remember explicitly saying some of the things they mention. I am grateful for their kind, encouraging words.
From Meg Devlin O'Sullivan, PhD, Church of the Messiah, Rhinebeck, New York....
"First, let me thank you for your workshop, sermon, and presence. What a gift for all of us. More specifically, thank you for the simplicity and applicability of your message. Here is what I heard:
1. Just show up; don't worry about being perfect.
2. Certainly don't compare yourself to others--and if you must, know that they don't have it all together either.
3. Be brave. Risk showing someone else your true self. Invite that person into your truth.
4. Listen carefully to your calling and path. It might not look like what you think it should, what you planned for, or what it presently is.
5. Don't be afraid to love others. Especially the strangers (and seemingly strange ones).
6. Some of the hardest and most important work we do is being present for each other.
I got so much out of your workshop--not only in my role as a parishioner at Messiah-- but also a mother, partner, teacher, friend, daughter, and mentor. You're carrying a great message for living--and I really thank you for it."
And from Rosemary Replogle, Christ Church, Covington, Louisiana....
"I want to let you know how beneficial the information you provided on Saturday is and will be to me and to Christ Church Covington. Your presentation is the best I have ever experienced in the church setting. Your use (and proficiency) of technology modeled what you recommended. I was especially impressed when you said that you had not found a video for one part. Most presenters would have used something just to pacify themselves that they had done it. I especially appreciated the notes and sources. They are so user friendly and allowed me to listen and not take notes. Your stories certainly backed up what you were recommending. Thank you for being vulnerable and authentic with your spirituality."