As we gather in the next few weeks for our Appreciative Inquiry sessions, some have wondered what exactly we’ll be talking about. We’ve even had a few people say they weren’t sure they had a “story” to share so maybe they shouldn’t come! The beauty of Appreciative Inquiry process is that everyone can participate. To help you start to think about your own story, here are the questions we’ll be exploring in these sessions. Think them over, and consider your response, and then pick the session that works for you, and come, share your story – and help us better claim our shared story.
1) Think back over the past few months or year or two of your involvement at Foothills. Tell about a time when you felt most fully connected to your best sense of your self, connected to others around you, and a sense that you were a part of something greater – working towards a greater good. It should be a time where you felt inspired, and committed to a sense of purpose and to make a difference. Tell the story in some detail.
2) Consider this list of values. Which of these are well expressed by your story or by other experiences you have had in our congregation? Link them to particular experiences. Which values do you yearn to be more expressed in and through our congregation? Offer any specific ideas you may have for doing so?
- Kindness, gentleness, and care; compassion
- Fairness and justice
- Loyalty and commitment to relationship
- Respect, communication and commitment to ends
- Goodness, rightness and truth