Each major life transition gives us a chance, Bankson proposes, "to name what we are here for." Using mythical archetypes, biblical and personal stories, she presents a revealing six-stage soulwork cycle to help us find our calling. A valuable resource for people seeking to nurture their spiritual growth, individually, in groups, or with a spiritual director. Includes a format for a soulwork retreat.
What happens when a church chooses to subdivide instead of getting bigger? In 1976, the Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC, did just that. Stalking the Spirit is the story of Seekers Church, a second-generation Church of the Saviour community known for its creative worship, open pulpit, shared leadership, strong matrix of mission groups, and generous giving. Seekers Church inherited a tradition of intentional spiritual life (the inward journey) to support ministry in daily life (the outward journey). All members understand themselves to be called and equipped for ministry. As a model for other emerging churches within or outside of traditional structures, Stalking the Spirit tells the story of Seekers Church, whose members sought the Spirit's guidance again and again for the next steps, both individually and as a community.
Drawing on the biblical story of Ruth and Naomi, Bankson explores what we can learn from their unique friendship that survived marriages and moves, death and displacement. Bankson proposes that we need different kinds of friendships in different seasons of our lives. Stories from the author's own life illustrate the contemporary aspects of Ruth and Naomi's journey. The concluding chapter presents a unique perspective on the Book of Ruth as a parable of our friendship with God. The first title in the new Women to Walk With series, Seasons of Friendship includes personal journaling themes for reflection and a study guide with discussion questions and group exercises.