University Church in Syracuse is launching a 6-week study of The Power of Half, using the book to examine some of our more basic values. My favorite part of this, of course, is that there are very few mentions of us; it's largely about people looking at their own lives.
Here's a look at the church bulletin insert for Week 1.
Things to Ask Yourself/Think About
- --- In what ways can you identify with the Salwen family experience? Have you ever felt a “loss of togetherness” in your family? What contributed to that loss?
- --- In your own experience, when has “providing for your family” (or “doing the best for your family”) gotten in the way of “being family”? How do you resolve that tension or maintain a balance between them?
- --- What are the key values that define your family life and structure?
- --- If you could re-shape or re-do your family life and priorities, what would you do differently?
- --- What do family meals and family conversations look like in your family? What would you change about them, if you could?
- --- Is talking together as a family about world problems and big human issues something that appeals to you? Why or why not? How has this worked in your own family?
- --- The Salwens talk about giving their kids an equal say in family decisions (like where to live . . . how to budget their money . . . what organizations to support). How do decisions get made in your family? What would it mean to give your children equal voice and vote?
- --- “Setting out to be selfless became the most self-interested thing we ever did.” What does this mean to you?
- --- What great adventure / audacious project has brought (or might bring) your family a greater sense of unity and purpose?