As most of you know, Robert Vore and I launched the CXMH Podcast: A Podcast at the Intersection of Christianity and Mental Health a few months ago. We are so excited to announce what we hope will become an amazing annual event, “Liturgy of the Forsaken: A Night of Stories and Struggle,” which will take place on Good Friday, April 14, 2017.
In many Christian denominations, during the Easter season we tend to skip over the heartache, darkness, loneliness, doubt, and tension of Good Friday. It’s so much easier to celebrate the joy and miracle of Resurrection Sunday. But it is in holding tension with those who are suffering, ostracized, or marginalized that we find Christ.
It’s easy to forget about the somber notes surrounding the Last Supper, or the struggle in the Garden of Gethsemane, when Jesus was arrested. Can you imagine what it must have felt like after Jesus was crucified, crying out to God, “Why have you forsaken me?” What if you were one of the Disciples, gathering in darkness to discuss the possibility that the resurrection might not happen?[clickToTweet tweet=”My fears matter as much as my faith. @cxmhpodcast #ilovejesusbut #faith #doubt” quote=”My fears matter as much as my faith.” theme=”style3″]
This year, on Good Friday, April 14th, we’ll be hosting a safe place for anyone who has ever felt alone. More details will be coming soon, but we want you to know that there is a faith community (even if it exists online) where your fears matter as much as your faith. During this night of confessions and laments, you won’t be ostracized for your doubts, disabilities, diseases or disorders, lifestyle, mental illnesses, or for any other reason that may have kept you from participating in a faith community until now.
We are creating a space where everyone and everything belongs. We want you to join us in communion with the darkness and doubts that come before any or all the answers make sense. We want to sit with our struggles and questions and remind each other that God meets us here, too.
On Friday, April 14th, we will begin the “Liturgy of the Forsaken”, a special episode of the CXMH Podcast, featuring our dear friends, Liz Edman and Paul Young. Liz and Paul will each provide a brief talk about holding tension with those we love. They will talk about finding Christ when we experience feelings of abandonment, fear, and uncertainty. We’ll look at the importance of doubts, identity, and more. This will be a brief but encouraging, life-changing anthology of storytelling and heartfelt confession that you don’t want to miss!
What makes this even most-special is the fact that participants will be able to email their anonymous confession to a firstname.lastname@example.org to have it shared on-air during the event. No identifying information will be included in the confessions.[clickToTweet tweet=”I can’t wait for Liturgy of the Forsaken! Will you join me? @cxmhpodcast #cxmh #faith #doubt #ilovejesusbut” quote=”I can’t wait for Liturgy of the Forsaken! Will you join me? ” theme=”style3″]
Steve Austin is an author, speaker, and life coach who is passionate about helping overwhelmed people learn to catch their breath. He is the author of two Amazon bestsellers, "Catching Your Breath," and "From Pastor to a Psych Ward." Steve lives with his wife and two children in Birmingham, Alabama.
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