This past Sunday, July 7th, we gathered for Church Without Walls at the PostSecret Exhibit at the San Diego Museum of Man.
This week, as you’re reflecting on this experience, review the following questions. Part of holding out the hope of Christ as the anchor for our souls to our neighbors around the city is moving toward understanding for the struggles they endure.
Also, if you weren’t able to join us on Sunday but would like to visit the PostSecret Exhibit on your own, you can use these reflection questions as a guide.
- Take note of the thoughts and emotions that are evoked as you read through these confessions:
humor? Sadness? Anger? Empathy? Judgment? Shock?
- Were there secrets — particularly about faith / God / doubt / church — that you could relate to?
- What’s one that stuck out to you or was particularly memorable?
- What’s uncomfortable about sharing secrets? Why don’t we do it more often?
- Why do secrets hold power over people?
- What’s the power of sharing a secret? (Confession) What does sharing a secret offer you?
- While the PostSecret project is a good start towards healing, connecting and being heard, why is it not enough?
- How could a community change by being a space where secrets can be shared?
- What would it take for a community to be a safe and brave space for confessing? Can we be a community that holds people’s fears, joys, pain and hopes?
- If a church were to receive secrets like this, what should it do with them?
Part of the power in sharing our secrets is knowing that someone hears it, that someone is listening.
As Psalm 66:19 reminds us, “God has surely listened and has heard my prayer.” We can trust that God hears us.