Common Good RVA 2018: Thank You and Following Up

Common Good RVA 2018 Attendees:

Thank you so much for coming out to the 5th annual Common Good RVA conference. We hope you were challenged and encouraged by the thoughts and experiences of our speakers and your fellow participants.

A Quick Survey

We’d love to hear what you thought about the conference, its format, speakers, and content—and we would like to know a little about you, too! As Common Good RVA grows, we hope to refine it over time with and for the community it seeks to serve.

Please help us out by participating in a post-conference survey!

When you do, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a chance to win a free copy of Andy Crouch’s book Playing God: The Gift of Power or a copy of the Porter’s Gate Music Project: Vol. 1 Work Songs.

(The winner will be selected and notified on May 15th.)

Reflections Wanted

Or maybe your thoughts about the conference, vocation, and/or the common good can’t be contained by a quick survey. If you have longer reflections to share, please send us an email. We’re always looking for additional perspectives to help challenge and shape this work…and to share on the Common Good RVA blog (with your permission, of course).

Now What? Connecting Big Ideas to Ordinary Work

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Sometimes a talk at a conference can fill our minds with new ideas or remind us of old tensions, but then Monday morning rolls back around, and our day-to-day responsibilities reclaim our attention. Take a moment or two this week and consider these prompts:

Authority is the capacity for meaningful action.
1. Identify the ways and areas you have authority at your job—in your workplace, office habits, organizational chart, client relationships, or industry. What are possible ways you might exercise that authority to empower the vulnerable within the scope of your work?

Vulnerability is exposure to meaningful risk.
2. Identify the ways and areas you might have capacity to take a risk at your job. What are possible ways you might be appropriately vulnerable—with coworkers, your boss, your clients, your employees, your students, your kids, or your congregation—so your organization or community can flourish?

These actions could be as simple as changing the words of an email or the tone of your voice. Perhaps it’s sharing credit with a subordinate or giving a client or employee a little more grace. Or maybe it’s big—like overhauling your HR manual or fighting for a policy that enables human flourishing in your company or community. Whatever your job is, however much power you have, and whatever season of life you are in—to use Andy’s terms—how are you moving ‘up and to the right’ into that quadrant of flourishing? How are you attempting to move from safety to flourishing, with the temptation of violence and the reality of suffering in mind? And how might you bring others along with you?

Whether you are a teacher, driver, designer, lawyer, pastor, or parent, we all have a role in God’s story. Each person’s work is worship. And as we seek the common good of metropolitan Richmond, we bring God glory and we cultivate the possibility of a better life for all, including the most vulnerable. Common Good RVA exists to create a network of Richmonders who are inspired to use their daily work to seek the common good of their city. And a “common good” that doesn’t include the vulnerable is neither “common, nor “good.”  What ways might the Spirit of God be leading you to seek out the good of your neighbor this week?

Grace and peace,

The Common Good RVA Team