May 20, 2008 · 6:00 PM
The first meeting will be a bit informal. I will have a topic ready, but I would really like to take a few minutes to get everyone's input as to what their expectations for the discussion group are, and cater the format of the meeting around what people would like to see. There are several options depending on the group. Some of the options include:
- Using the Guidebook written by Neale Donald Walsch to guide us through the books.
- Topic discussion, where someone will pick a topic and the group discusses it.
- A reading discussion where we will read a portion from one of the books and then discuss it.
- A combination of the options above.
Please see my website for more details at www.CwGgathering.com
I will follow for the first meeting the topic and suggestions found in the guidebook for Conversations with God. I think this is a fitting topic for an introduction into the CwG material. In a workshop I attended Neale made a huge emphasis that God is always talking to us, and that anyone of us could do what he does if we would only listen. He made a key point that if you sit down with a pen and paper and ask a question, that it is what comes THROUGH you as opposed to FROM you that is inspired by God.
I have experienced this through some of my poetry, and in papers that I have written in the LEP class. When inspiration hits, the ideas flow out of me almost faster than I am consciously aware. But it isn't just in writing that God talks to us, it happens all the time and in all places. In the first book on page 3 it reads "I talk to everyone. All the time. The question is not to whom do I talk, but who listens?"
I encourage you to keep this in mind the next week as we come up to our first Conversations with God Meetup. The guidebook suggests keeping a notebook with you, and just writing down instances where you feel that God talked to you.
For the first meeting, here is the outline as to what to expect:
- Group overview/guidelines. This is also available on my website at http://www.cwggatheri...
- A brief prayer and meditation
- Playing of the song "God is always talking to us" by Cathy Bolton. This is among the songs that is played at the retreats and workshops and it fits well to our first topic. I will pass out a handout with the lyrics.
- Check in/introduction
- Guidebook information/discussion
- Suggested exercise from the guidebook/discussion
- An experiment for a week to deepen the discussed concept
- Closing meditation
Keep in mind there are no "shoulds" and I don't want to limit the group with what it does by having a set-in-stone itinerary. God may talk to us to discuss something else, perhaps someone will have a concept that they struggle with and the conversation will lead us there. There is no right or wrong if you speak from your heart, and have the courage to share. If you have any thoughts, ideas or suggestions, please feel free to contact me.