FUMCWA Thrive Team

Marquette University received a $1 million grant through the Lilly Foundation, Inc.’s Thriving Congregations Initiative to help establish “The Examen(ed) Church” which will assist churches in drawing on Ignatian spiritual practices to identify ministry opportunities and deepen congregational vitality. Through “The Examen(ed) Church”, congregations will learn and practice elements of Ignatian spirituality, particularly the Ignatian Examen, which will provide a framework for reflection on experience and discernment which leads to action and response. Congregations and pastors faced unforeseen challenges during the coronavirus pandemic and this will help to support them with a creative and supportive program that helps refocus and reimagine congregational life. With the grace of God, our faith communities will thrive in a new way. FUMCWA is one of the 20 Thrive Team congregations participating. The FUMCWA Thrive Team members include Karen Bolton, Tom Bolton, Bonnie Chesky, Karen Jesse, Laura Molleson, Deb Semrad, Donna Simon, Barbara Sorenson, and Pastor Sam. The goal is to help congregations assess their ministries and draw on practices in their theological traditions to address new challenges and better nurture the spiritual vitality of the people they serve.