The Small House Ministry (Center for Spiritual Renewal)
The Small House Ministry is a joint project created and sustained by members of both Incarnation and the wider community. Due to the need for social distancing during COVID, the contemplative work of the Small House continues unabated on Zoom. The Practice of Presence, now in its eleventh year, continues to meet weekly. This year we have been exploring different kinds of love. The Small House also hosts morning prayers four times a week, and rosary prayer twice a week, during which we're joined by friends from Texas, Beaver Island, MI, and Georgia, thanks to Zoom. We continue to study religious and mystical texts. We hope this spring that we might be able to reopen the doors of the Small House for in-person and Zoom hybrid meetings.
The Men's Group
We started this group in 1991. Men’s groups were forming based on authors like Joseph Campbell, Robert Bly, Sam Keen and Richard Rohr. We found things to talk about that were important to us and used 12 step rules including confidentiality. We ate together monthly and became good friends. Some have been ECI and others not. After a period of hiatus, we are looking to resume meeting and are welcoming new members.
Issues of Adult Aging
IoAA is a weekly zoom group of 8-10 people that meets every Thursday from 7:30-8:45pm, and was originally inspired by the 2020 Zoom group, "People Get Ready," during which participants took steps to get their medical and legal paperwork (ex., living wills, estate wills, etc.) in order. Over time, IoAA has evolved to be a group of friends who share our thoughts and experiences about politics, food, families, health, illness, home repairs, travel, and more. During good summer weather, they've also gotten together for outdoor potlucks and other gatherings.
The cooks, bakers, deliverers, organizers, and diners in the Incarnation community have been busy with pandemic carry-out potluck Feasts: Easter, Thanksgiving, Christmas. As always, we have provide meals to folks within the ECI community, either on their own initiative, or through the Meal Ministry (MM).
Incarnation is a formal sponsor of the food truck of FedUp Ministries--a ministry of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America which serves good, healthy, food truck-style food with dignity to communities that are food insecure and economically exploited by unjust racial and economic systems in the United States. Incarnation has participated with FedUp to prepare and distribute food from the food truck--for example, the weekly hot lunch served at Liberty Plaza in Ann Arbor.
Meal Ministry is always open to anyone who wants to bake, cook, deliver, or help think about ways Incarnation can serve through food, both inside and beyond the church community.
StoryTelling Group by Kim Fairley
Our Incarnation storytelling group started as a way for many of us to get to know each other and has evolved into a more free-wheeling, open, support group than anything else.
The first few meetings covered themes such as our favorite places, foods, and music. Over time the themes became more reflective. One week we discussed grace; another week, loneliness, then fear, then punishment, and later, our experiences of grief and loss. There have been meetings when we laughed from beginning to end. At other times, we heard a story for the first time and breathed a collective sigh.