My book club on Facebook, made up mostly of clergywomen, read Margaret Wheatley's Turning to One Another a couple of months ago. Here's an exchange between Barbara and me on this very section of the book:
And our Book Buddies group has grown beyond the original three for this discussion. I'm still hoping Barbara will join us here. So let's answer Meg Wheatley's question:
Bonnie: "Barbara, to answer your question, yes, I feel inadequate, wondering if I'm really doing anything meaningful. I haven't done anything that inspired women to plant millions of trees in Kenya, as Wangari Maathai did. But in both of the classes I taught on Sunday, we talked about Luke 13:20-21, which says: 'To what should I compare the kingdom of God? It is like yeast that a woman took and mixed in with three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.' Yeast, or leaven, works slowly but steadily. What I say or do today may seem insignificant to me, but it could make a difference to someone someday that I can't even imagine. For example, Shirley saw that I mentioned here on Facebook that 'my online book club' was reading Meg Wheatley's book. Since she's in my online Book Buddies discussion group, she asked if that's our next book for discussion. Now it is, because she and I decided to do it. Donna is reading the book, too, and will join that discussion. That's a mere three of us in that discussion, and (so far) only three here: Judith, you, and me. But look at the world map at the bottom of the Book Buddies blog. Few of us are still talking about books, though there were several of us a few years ago. But look at the map — [NOTE: I'm updating the data] — people from 5637 places have read the Book Buddies blog in the last 2-1/2 years, or if you click on the map, you'll see that it's been viewed 42,801 times in that same period of time."
What is our role in creating change?