How fathers can relate to spirituality and vulnerability

Pastor Jimmy Bartz explains how fathers can better impart spirituality to their children by learning to be vulnerable
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How fathers can relate to spirituality and vulnerability

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So we're talking about vulnerability and spirituality with the idea that we want to communicate this to fathers, to men, because spirituality and vulnerability have typically, within the context of our culture been feminine themes. The place where I start when I have conversations about vulnerability and spirituality with men is with courage - engaging the practice of facing of our fears. We can't face our fears without having some sense of our vulnerability. We can't engage in the virtuous life, practice the virtue of courage, without having some sense of our vulnerability. And so teaching dads to consistently articulate their vulnerability is a great gift to their sons and daughters, if we can cultivate that in the practice with dads and men in the sense of what we get when we truly cultivate vulnerability and we have some sense of how that affects spirituality. We get a sense of the irony that exists around vulnerability. That power, true power, is made perfect in weakness. When we engage vulnerability we find a deeper, truer, more meaningful, authentic voice as fathers, as men.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz explains how fathers can better impart spirituality to their children by learning to be vulnerable

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Jimmy Bartz

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Jimmy is the founder and convener of Thad’s—a spiritual community meeting on Sunday mornings in The Writer’s Bootcamp in Santa Monica. An ordained Episcopal priest, Jimmy has spent most of his professional life leading communities in the work of making a love-spreading difference in the world that surrounds them.

His recent work includes studying the relationship between the outdoors and positive, psycho-spiritual health. When not in the office, he can be found in the ocean or in the mountains, usually with his wife, Cindy, or his two children, Jas and Jade.

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