An article has floated across my facebook feed in recent days about how female staffers in the Obama White House developed a strategy to “amplify” each other’s voices in meetings in order to command more attention.   Early on in Obama’s administration:

“women complained of having to elbow their way into important meetings. And when they got in, their voices were sometimes ignored.  So female staffers adopted a meeting strategy they called “amplification”: When a woman made a key point, other women would repeat it, giving credit to its author.”


Children watering one of our trees with the water communion water (they wanted to distribute the water evenly, so were circling the tree.)

I think amplification is a great way of thinking about ministry–the ministry I do as a minister and also the shared ministry we all do together.   I try to keep a pulse on what is going on in our community. And when energy pops up around a particular idea, when a person seems interested in doing a particular thing, I try to amplify that energy.  Rather than just focusing on problems and trying to fix them, instead I try to work on amplifying what is working.  This is not to say we should avoid “problems”– I try to deal with problems directly and head-on. But when our only mode of operation is “problem-solving,” sometimes we begin to see only problems.  And our world, our community, is full of so much more than problems to be fixed.   Our world and our lives are full of beauty, joy, and connections waiting to be amplified.   Our community is full of love, possibility, and care.  And our task is ministry is to amplify, amplify, amplify.

I look forward to worshiping with you all this Sunday:  Demolition of the Heart-
We explore the wisdom that  “if you wanna fix something, you have to take everything apart and figure out what’s important.”  Worship leaders:  Rev. Darcy and John Patton.



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