Since September, 14 parishioners from the five Resurrection Brooklyn congregations have been meeting Monday nights to explore the fullness of the Gospel and its implications for all parts of life. We started the year by considering how the Gospel renews individuals. Then we looked at how it renews friendships and communities. We’re finishing the year by examining how it renews our work and culture at large. While a hallmark of the program is intentional study (the diverse reading list includes 14 books and numerous articles), it is not the main activity.
Rather, the main activity is learning how to live the Christian life and how to do so together. As one of our authors, Susan Phillips, puts it, “The more we cultivate the discipline of friendship, the greater our flourishing,” and this has been true for Fellows. Week after week, Fellows share their testimonies, prayers and thanksgivings. As they respond to readings, they practice speaking honestly and graciously, especially when disagreements arise. They practice morning and evening prayer individually and together. They not only share meals together, but bring meals to one another in times of need. They meet outside of meetings to encourage one another. They celebrate each other’s work and the work of their respective congregations.
A current Fellow describes her experience this way: “While we have indeed read many great books, my ‘aha moment’ has not come through any particular Bible reading or any book, nor any one particular class or conversation. My aha moment has come gradually over a period of time, as I have gotten to know the other Fellows, hear their testimonies and internalize their individual faith stories as part of the larger story of God’s redemption.”
As the 6th year of Fellows draws to an end, we’re already getting ready for the 7th class, and we’re praying that God would continue to bless Resurrection Brooklyn with deep friendships that bear witness to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please visit here to apply to the Brooklyn Fellows program.