Written by: Andrew Ware
March 27, 2023

RunninRev Newsletter March 27: In the church, in the network, and on the run

The Active Faith Podcast

This week on the Active Faith Podcast we talked about days off. I talked about why we need these “days off” every week, if for no other reason than accomplishing the things in other areas of our life that need our attention, and in its healthiest form care for our mental health. Check it out and don’t forget to tune into the next episode, and participate by answering our question for the next pod.

Your Turn:

Let’s hear your thoughts for the next episode:

  • What is your go-to self-care ritual when you are having a bad day?

Lenten Journey of Care

Lent is a time in the Christian Liturgical Calendar born from centuries of Christian practice of preparation for the celebration of Easter. During this time it would have been customary for persons of faith to engage in a time of deep, spiritual reflection, contemplating what a more holistic Christian lifestyle might look like.

This Lenten season I wanted to bring together a series of reflections on self-care so that readers may grow deeper in their relationship with self as a manner of growing deeper in their relationship with their creator. Join along for A Lenten Journey of Care, every Wednesday a new reflection will be posted by a different person from the Active Faith Community, each of whose voices you have heard on the Podcast, bringing new words as we grow together.

Check out Week 5:

Active Faith Pod Newsletter
What does being present mean to me, let’s start there. As a mom who parents solo most of the time, my attention is needed everywhere. This means my kids, myself, my running, my home, and my animals. I need to be present for all these things while completing a task for them. I am one person, so that can’t happen 100% of the time. My main priorities for b…
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Posts This Week

This past week I publish my Shamrock 2023 Recap, as I walked my way through many feelings I had during the race, and what it was like to cross the line and realize what I had done. Check it out and let me know what kind of goals you have that you want to achieve (“The sky’s the limits”).

Active Faith Pod Newsletter
Medals Mean Something
As your average American runner (that is your hobby jogger of sorts…no professional contracts here), I love to collect the medals from the races I participate in. Each medal encapsulates a different story from a different race. If I am honest, some races are easier to remember than others, and some races hold a special place in my heart…
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In the Pulpit

Yesterday was week five in the worship series I am walking my church community through, Come to the Table: Diving into the Why of Communion. We explored the connection of the sacred meal of Communion to how we practice and understand Community. Check it out here:

Active Faith Pod Newsletter
I pray you enjoy this message and God speaks to you through it. To listen to this message you can hear it on the Beech Grove United Methodist Church Podcast (podcast releases Monday mornings), or by clicking here.* Also every week I offer sermon notes as an opportunity for folks in my congregation to have something to take with them for reflection on the…
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Check out all my sermons on the RunninRev Preaches Newsletter or my church’s website and follow along with what is happening at my church on their newsletter Beech Grove United Methodist Church

On the Run

This was a week of recovery. Off of the high of crushing my PR at the Shamrock Half Marathon, it was time to let my body take some time to recover (well so says my coach haha). Kept the mileage low and the runs easy. As I look towards my next goals my legs appreciate the recovery and reconnection to the joy and fun of running.

Stats for Last Week:

Week Total – 22.2 miles
Longest run – 5.6 miles
For the Year – 472.5 miles

Follow along my journey via my Strava Profile

Sunday I had an opportunity to get out for a morning run, and boy was it what I needed. I love running in the mornings but haven’t been feeling it recently with kids’ schedules and mentally getting myself out the door. I gave myself no excuse, covered my watch, and just went on feeling. Definitely filled my cup for the day.

Intention for this week: Moving Mentality

There is always that low of coming off a back race and thinking, “what is next…can I do better?” This is my current mental struggle, and as I move forward this week, I want to not let it creep its way into my mindset. Gotta keep that positive mentality and continue to push forward. How can I respond by pushing my limits without hurting myself?

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  • Andrew Ware

    My vision as the RunninRev is to build community and faith relationships through running and self-care. I have become an advocate in the church for clergy care, and helping clergy prevent or recover from burnout. I see my primary outreach to the community as building these communal structures through running and having fun together on the run.

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