The Movement toward Accountability

Today we come to the end of this series on eight movements of faithful growth with this reflection on the movement toward accountability. I have to admit that I'm grateful this is the last piece of the framework. It is a helpful place for the series to end since accountability ties the other seven movements … Continue reading The Movement toward Accountability

The Movement toward Trust in Oneself

Today's topic in this series on movements of growth is a controversial one. It is "the movement toward trust in oneself." A lot of you won't find this surprising at all; we talk a lot in our culture about trusting ourselves, trusting our gut or intuition, and so on. But others of you — especially … Continue reading The Movement toward Trust in Oneself

The Movement away from Conformity

I was once invited to an event a colleague was organizing to celebrate Pride. I knew I'd be a little bit out of my element, but figured it would be a good opportunity to get to know some new people. I got there early and chatted with a couple people around me. One was a … Continue reading The Movement away from Conformity

The Movement away from Shoulds

The other day, we looked at how moving away from facades and towards the authentic self represents faithful growth. One of the major facades people are prone to hiding behind is the notion of 'shoulds', doing things simply because we feel we are obligated — by others or by God — to do so. The … Continue reading The Movement away from Shoulds

The Movement away from Facades

The other day, I introduced Wilkie Au and Noreen Cannon Au's eight movements of growth, as one framework through which we can explore what authentic spiritual growth looks like. Today, I'd like to look into the first of the eight movements they describe: "the movement away from facades, from a pretended self that we are … Continue reading The Movement away from Facades