God in Ordinary Time


We continue on in Maccabees, finishing Maccabees 1 and nearly finishing Maccabees 2.

In what ways have you felt the need to resist assimilation into a dominant culture?

For 2019 T+P+A will continue to read the book The Lifelong Activist by Hillary Rettig, but in the framework of a Big Read. Have you ever heard of a Big Read or community-wide read? There are many forms that big reads or community-wide reads take, some in the form of a book club, but what they tend to have in common is the community reading one book over time for the purpose of building community relationships, giving participants, some of whom may not initially have much in common, a starting point of dialogue. For the idea of community-wide reading projects we thank Nancy Pearl, that librarian and author who developed the first of these, “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book,” in 1998.

And so as we embark upon this new framing of what we have already been doing, I invite you to begin or continue reading this excellent book (the entirety of which is freely available online, one of the reasons why I chose it), and to do so with the spirit of not only what this book means to you, but also what it could mean for the communities of which you are a part that go beyond T+P+A, to encourage your friends to begin reading this book as well and discuss it either in person or online with the hashtag #TPABR. Make sure you join People of the Books, our online book club in which we discussing this book and anything else of literary interest!

This week we read Part 2,  “Managing Your Time,” Chapter 6, “The Time Management Process,” of The Lifelong Activist, in which we begin the “nuts and bolts of Time Management,” as Rettig puts it: budgeting our time based on the goals in our mission, scheduling our week based on the budget, following the schedule and tracking time usage, and reviewing and reflecting on what went well and what needs adjusting.

How does your current life schedule either support or not support your life mission? What schedule changes would you like to make?


As we continue in this fourth week following Epiphany with our star words, Pastor Charissa Clark Howe reflects on the challenge of star words: “Everyone (myself included) gets really excited about them in January and talks about them for a few weeks, but by March or April, they have gone the way of New Year’s Resolutions.” To help people stay motivated about experiencing their star word, she has created some great resources to encourage us along the way, available at the link above.

Clark Howe encourages us to learn more about our star word: “Listen as people talk to you, as you read, as you watch TV/movies and pay attention to how and when and how often your word comes up in the world around you.”


Have you found your local FBCO, seen what they’re up to, and introduced yourself to one of their organizers? If not, use the map below to get connected!

Check out the Find Your FBCO Map to find your local faith-based community organizing affiliate and connect with the people who are working together to live out their dreams of a more just world! What’s going on in your living of the Gospel? Let us know in the comments, in our e-mail discussion group, or on social media.