Here's a video I showed recently to my ministry students at Fresno Pacific University/Seminary.  We were exploring the nature of clergy burnout and the forces that impel ministers toward poor health.  It's a needed meditation for anyone who's human and any community that wants to help people into the vibrant humanity offered by God through Jesus.

Brene Brown offers an insightful meditation about the nature of community; she explores our need to create spaces where we can truly sit with pain.  

This isn't easy in contemporary life, even inside communities of faith where such deep work ought to be common.  In my quarter century of pastoral experience, creating spaces where pain can be shared honestly and held reverently is the vital work of being a pastor.  And if we follow in the way of Jesus, it is the vital need for Christian communities today.  

Trouble is, we both don't want to do it and we don't know how to do it--even though there is no let up in the pain we are experiencing in our lives, and that this space is precisely what the gospel hopes to create in our world.

Brené Brown, Ph.D., LMSW has spent the past decade studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness and shame. Brené's 2010 TEDx Houston talk, The Power of Vulnerability is one of the most watched talks on TED.com, with over 7 million views. Since then she has appeared on Today, Katie and Oprah Winfrey'sSuper Soul Sunday.


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AuthorChris Neufeld-Erdman