Vulnerability. We want people in our church to share their lives together. To open up. To share their fears, struggles, prayers and victories. And although church is suppose to be the environment in which vulnerability should be cultivated, too often we are living lives of superficiality and masks before and with one another. Although this speaker doesn't necessarily speak from a Christian world and life view, her insights are helpful motivation as we consider the importance of why we are to cultivate and live out with vulnerability our lives before our friends, family and brothers & sisters in Christ.
Here is her bio and a brief summary of her TED talk:
Brené Brown is a research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work. She has spent the past ten years studying vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She spent the first five years of her decade-long study focusing on shame and empathy, and is now using that work to explore a concept that she calls Wholeheartedness. She poses the questions: How do we learn to embrace our vulnerabilities and imperfections so that we can engage in our lives from a place of authenticity and worthiness? How do we cultivate the courage, compassion, and connection that we need to recognize that we are enough – that we are worthy of love, belonging, and joy?
Quotes by Brené -
“You’re imperfect, and you’re wired for struggle, but you are worthy of love and belonging.”
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of innovation, creativity and change. ”