Life Together Apart
Uncertainty is a wilderness without signposts. When will it end? Will it always feel this awful? Why is this happening?
I’m Kate Bowler, a professor at Duke University, an expert in religious responses to uncertainty... and no stranger to this wilderness myself. I was diagnosed with Stage IV cancer at age 35. I can’t un-know what it feels like to live in uncertainty.
Some people respond with well-meaning but unhelpful cliches like “Everything happens for a reason” or “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger!” But we don’t need empty platitudes, we need two things to face down the darkness: a community and a rhythm.
That’s why we at the Everything Happens Project have put together something for Easter. Because Easter isn't just a day. It's a whole season where we can figure out how to search for hope in a season of darkness. Each week, I will share a short video with you to start the discussion. We will have daily prayers, practices, and prompts to help us order our days and keep time together.
Because we may not know when uncertainty ends or why terrible things happen, but we do know this: we need one another to live life together apart.
During this pandemic, we need each more than ever. So, for the next seven weeks, we are going to be looking for a rhythm of hope together.
This is all free. It's just... togetherness. If you're introverted, just follow along! If you're extroverted, pop into the comments section and chat away. If you have an existing community or small group or book club or congregation and want to use this to anchor your discussions, go for it!
You will receive reflection prompts and ways to connect with others in our community. There will be weekly videos from me, ideas you can use to orient your day, and free printables to encourage you as we learn to live #lifetogetherapart.
When you sign up, you'll receive free access to:
- Short video teachings from Kate every week for seven weeks
- Daily journaling pages (available to be printed or filled in digitally) with prompts for prayer, connection, and self-reflection
- A community comment thread where we can connect with others who are living #LifeTogetherApart
- Free quote printables and lockscreens