Join us in person this Sunday

by susan on October 7, 2020

You are invited to join us this Sunday, October 11th at 10 a.m. (please note the time) in the outdoor area of Strings Sports Brewery for an in-person Sunday gathering. Masks are required & social distancing will be practiced.

You can find all of the details in this important letter from our regathering team (click on link to open & read). Due to limited seating capacity, you must RSVP via this Google form, through our FB event in the Well community group or via email. Questions, email Susan at susan@thewellatspringfield.org.

Exploring the questions Jesus asked

by admin on August 5, 2020

Somewhere along the way, many Jesus followers adopted the crazy notion that questions, like doubts, are a really bad idea. 

Instead, they chose a posture of:

The Bible said it, that settles it. The church declared it; that sets it in stone.

Instead of allowing the questions in our heads & hearts & the ones in Scripture itself to stop us in our tracks, too often, we’ve brushed right past them in our desperate search for answers.

But, if questions are such a threat & such a futile exercise, then why did Jesus ask so many of them?

If you’ve been around The Well for very long, you know by now that we do not see our faith community as the dispenser of answers (thanks, David Hayward, for this wonderful cartoon!), but rather as a place where we can ask real questions.

Questions stimulate thought. They open us to new ways of seeing & thinking, and remind us of our humanity. Questions draw us closer to one another (whereas claiming to have the only possible answer tends to drive us further & further apart).

Questions guide us toward the Real, the Depths, the Essence. They inspire awareness – they inspire change.

Maybe that’s why Jesus asked over 300 of them in the gospels. I like the way pastor & writer Martin Copenhaver tells it,

“Jesus is not the ultimate Answer Man – he’s more like the Great Questioner.”

Over the next couple of months, we’ll let these questions be our guide each Sunday as we gather in community. We’d love for you to join us at 10:30 a.m. each Sunday via Zoom (log in info below).  Make sure to subscribe to our weekly updates so you can keep up with the latest happenings, alternative Sunday gatherings & other ways to connect with us.

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I. Can’t. Breathe. // A sabbath-Pentecost meditation

May 30, 2020

I can’t breathe. These were the words spoken by George Floyd last week as the knee of a police officer pressed down on his airway, forcibly preventing the flow of air. I can’t breathe. These were the words spoken by Eric Garner in 2014, when a police officer placed him in a chokehold that restricted […]

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Summer in the Spirit of the [Wild] Goose

May 26, 2020

For the last several years, people from our Well community have traveled to the beautiful hills of Hot Springs, North Carolina to experience the sense of community & spiritual rejuvenation inspired by the Wild Goose Festival. Often referred to as “the Goose”, the festival offers opportunities for connection, practice & learning around spirituality, social justice, […]

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Upcoming Sunday Gatherings

April 16, 2020

In the midst of baptizing someone, I offer a few words to describe what is happening. As the person is being lowered into the water, I say, “You are buried with Christ in his death.”. And as they are being lifted out of the water, I say “and raised to walk into new life.” It […]

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The way of love in the wilderness of death

April 6, 2020

This message was shared during our Palm Sunday, April 5th gathering by Rev. Susan Rogers & is based on Mark 11:1-11. *** In “For the Interim Time”, John O’Donohue describes the wilderness this way: No place looks like itself, loss of outlineMakes everything look strangely in-between,Unsure of what has been, or what might come…You are […]

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What can sabbath teach us in this scary, yet sacred time?

April 1, 2020

This past Sunday was The Well’s “Sabbath Sunday”. Since we began, encouraging people to stay home to engage in their own renewal each 5th Sunday was one way we chose to make rest a valued part of our life together. Many of us had come from churches where work seemed to be way more valued […]

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On daring to turn our heads // Words for the Journey 3.22.20

March 24, 2020

These words were shared in our online gathering on 3.22.20 & our based on Mark 12:41-44, 13:1-2: *** In this strange & unsettling season, I’m noticing some things that are being brought to the surface in & around me.  One thing I’ve seen coming to the surface in me is my incessant need to “do” […]

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Anxiety, wilderness & what we can learn from Jesus

March 16, 2020

The past week has been one filled with anxiety, disappointment, wondering & preparing. Along with a life-threatening virus, uncertainty & unpredictability are in the air. So, what do we do in times like these? How do we live in seasons of wilderness? That’s the question we’d already been wrestling with this Lent as we’ve had […]

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Sunday online gathering info

March 14, 2020

Per my last blog post, we are gathering online tomorrow for an abbreviated, interactive Sunday gathering.  Here’s how to participate:  You can log on via computer (just click on the link below, or enter the URL into their browser) OR you can listen in by phone. Either way, it is suggested that you log on […]

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