What is Praxis?
Since we launched the PRAXIS gatherings last year, the most common questions that I’ve received are, “What exactly is PRAXIS and who is it for”?
The word PRAXIS has been defined as, “Reflections and actions, directed at the structures to be transformed.” We reflect, we act, we transform – or perhaps - we are transformed.
If you’re like me, you might say something like, “That all sounds great. But I’m just so tired. And not in a I need a nap kind of way. How am I supposed to show up and reflect, let alone open up myself to taking some sort of action that implicates transformation when I can barely get through the day?” So many of us are worn out. We’ve been showing up, going through the motions, and wondering why what used to feel so alive and free simply isn’t working for us anymore.
In Matthew 11, Jesus is talking to those that want to follow him, and having compassion on them he turns to them and says this,
“Come to me, all you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
Or as Eugene Peterson translates,
Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
So what is PRAXIS?
It’s a sixty-minute gathering, usually on the last Wednesday of the month that includes three things:
- A spirit infused pattern of worship, or liturgy, that guides us through the unforced rhythms of grace as we reflect.
- A carefully curated spiritual practice that invites us to lay aside those things that are heavy and ill fitting as we act.
- And a celebration of God’s presence with us as we take the Eucharist and are transformed by the Holy Spirit.
And who is it for? Well… are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion?