I’m so excited to be joining everyone in Columbus this week. I’m actually so excited I might just pee my pants.
It’s been five months since I was last at a multiple day hosted gathering, and my life has changed dramatically since then. I was released from an incredibly hostile work situation and am still on what I refer to as my “sabbatical”. While it was startling to be escorted out of the community I had given 20 years of my soul to, it took me a month to realize I had also lost the space of my hosting practice, where I was fostering a true community of practice among a team of amazing youth workers. Bummer of an interruption.
I have been in a period of pretty damn intense reflection. Sometimes I wonder how I am holding it together, and then I realize its part that I am a survivor, part that I host myself, and part – for which I am supremely grateful – of an amazing community of brilliant caring folk. I am so glad to be stepping back into this community for a few days.
The timing couldn’t be better, because my hugely varied thoughts about what calls my heart and what could be next in my life, are finally beginning to converge. I’m excited to see what emerges for me over these three days. I am excited to hear about the work others are engaged in, particularly efforts that are intergenerational and involve communities deciding not to wait for the government to save them as they step into co-creating local solutions.
I am also looking forward to continuing conversations around Tuesday’s theory of co-revelation. I have been in deep learning on a personal level about the presence of grace in my relationships; I’m interested in exploring how to hold grace with folks who are but strangers. (My favorite pastor- friend says this is the practice of non-judgment – does that resonate with you?) While my activist friends are committed to ‘calling out’ offenders of non-justice, I am yearning to have conversations about calling folks in. As I think about the invitation and welcome I have experienced in the Art of Hosting community, I am ever curious about multiplicity and how to be more conscious about creating space that people can step into with their whole selves.
So, I come without a specific work setting or project. But I come with an open heart, an open mind and a deep trust of emergence.
Now I’m going to snuggle up with my 13 year old son and let Neil deGrasse Tyson blow my mind for an hour. See you all on Friday!