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Sitting In the Dark

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Sitting In the Dark

SITTING IN THE DARK: GROWING THROUGH THE POETRY OF PAIN

As children, we can ask for a nightlight to chase away the shadows that come alive in the dark, and keep the creature under the bed away. As adults, when darkness creeps over us in the form of pain, depression, grief, and fear, there is no nightlight. At times the only way that we might be comforted is by using or surrounding ourselves with people and things that numb and distract us from pain. However, some coping strategies can lead to more problems and more suffering. Conversely, there are times that if we wait in the darkness long enough, we might discover something about ourselves, God and our world.In other words, staying in the darkness can be a transformative time, a time of growth and conquering.

In this series of films we learn about the difficulties in our lives that lead to transformation and healing. Authors, philosophers, theologians, and scholars will share with us the possibility of existence both in times of darkness and light. They share their own experiences of depression and doubt, pain and difficulties, so we might know that we are not alone in the dark. Whatever our experience of pain may be, the hope is that we might come to see a side of that is life affirming. These times of difficulty are important times. May we take the opportunity to live in them well.

The curriculum includes 7 films with accompanying leaders guides. (Note: to download discussion guides click "Addition Content File" in download box. For Personal Streaming subscribers, download HERE).

SESSION TITLES AND FILMS

  1. SITTING AS BROKENNESS // Glennon Doyle Melton
  2. SITTING AS WEEPING // Brene Brown
  3. SITTING AS GETTING INTO IT // Parker Palmer
  4. SITTING AS ENLARGING LIFE // Jean Vanier
  5. SITTING AS FEELING PAIN // Barbara Brown Taylor
  6. SITTING AS DISCIPLESHIP // Walter Bruggemann
  7. SITTING AS BRINGING THE LIGHT // Nish Weiseth

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