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  • Amy Shoemaker

Can I Get a Witness?

I have returned from camp with a renewed sense of what is important, and how we can be community together. Following Chi Rho Creative Camp and conversations with Broadway Church members yesterday, there is one role in a community that deserves to be highlighted.

It is the role of the witness. The word “witness” is a noun meaning “evidence”, or “a person who sees an event take place”. It is also a verb meaning “to see an event take place”, or “to have knowledge of an event from personal observation or experience”.

Witnessing and being witnessed are important elements of spiritual community. Having someone witness our spiritual growth over time provides deeper levels of information and awareness. Witnesses provide structure, accountability, and help us focus our intentions.

A witness is not a judge. When we witness each other, we are in an attitude of affirmation instead of critique. Witnesses can offer constructive feedback when it is requested.

Think about the people in your life. Have you known any of them for a long time? Have you witnessed any growth or change for them? Have they for you? It is a deeply sacred experience to know someone for a long time, to be able to testify to their life, their love, their growth.

We at Broadway Church get to be witnesses for one another. We get to be witnessed by one another. This week, I invite you to notice when you are witnessing, and what opportunities you might have to witness more. If you’re ever in a tough spot, and you don’t know what to say or do; witness. You might be surprised by the ways your testimony can be helpful.


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