Last year my friend Gregg Taylor with Mercy Street in Houston, did a lecture for the patients about seven key questions when engaging in a community of spiritual growth. I received his permission to share them with you. But first, a little bit about Mercy Street:
“Our community forms a mosiac of people diverse in our experiences and backgrounds but common in our desire to seek a closer relationship with God. Whether you have faith, struggle with your faith or have lost your faith, Mercy Street opens its doors to people seeking a spiritual roof over their head.”
These seven questions are for anywhere you seek a spiritual connection——AA meetings, a church, a temple, a mosque, etc.
- Do you feel you are encouraged in your potential rather than condemned in your brokenness?
- Are the people, including the leadership, honest and open about their addiction and/or pain and do you feel the community is a safe space for you to honetly and openly work your recovery?
- Do you get the sense that you presence here is life giving to yourself and to others?
- Are your questions, doubts, and confusion invited and embraced as part of the human journey?
- Does belonging in community take precedence over believing certain creeds?
- Are you encouraged to live into forgiveness, grace, and healing or are you inundated with sin, judgement, and condemnation?
- Are you deepened in love and inspired by hope?