Jeff McLain has an interview with Ryan Braught of the Veritas community in Pennsylvania. The whole interview is worth reading. (I have to say that, as I read this kind of stuff, I lament that it’s a long work in progress in our present setting but I get excited hearing what others are doing.).
There is a lot worth sharing, but I wanted to highlight what it is that folks in the Veritas community do when they come together.
Our Sunday gatherings take place at the Community Room on King which is an art gallery, music venue, performance arts, and rental space that we are the primary lease holders of. Our Sunday gatherings last around 2 hours starting around 10:30. Our mornings include relational community time where people grab coffee and food and just hang out with each other. We have a time of musical worship. We also spend time talking through our Core Values by asking questions like: How have you been a blessing in the world this week? What is God teaching you through Scripture, prayer, life, etc…? How are you sharing life with other followers of Jesus? We have a sermon time which is divided into a monologue time and a dialogue time. The teacher/preacher will unpack the text for a bit, and then we’ll all look at what it looks like to live out that particular text in our lives as individuals and as a community. Normally our last question is What is God saying to you and what are you going to do about it? And what is God saying to us as a community and what should we do about it?
I like that notion that, when they gather, they are looking at their core values. I know I haven’t done a good enough job with that where I am and this interview reminds me.