Practical resources and tips for fathers to cultivate vulnerability

Pastor Jimmy Bartz offers practical advice and resources for fathers for cultivating vulnerability
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Practical resources and tips for fathers to cultivate vulnerability

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If I were going to point fathers to a single resource around cultivating vulnerability, creating that spiritually authentic voice, I would point them to Dr. Brenne Brown's work, particularly the book, Daring Greatly. Brenne has a wonderful sense of what it means to be a fully mature person. She calls it wholeheartedness. And she enters that work through her study of shame. And she came to a deeper understanding of shame resilience, how you and I can become more authentic and more healed around the experiences or wounds of our childhood. So if I were seeking to communicate a single resource to dads around cultivating vulnerability and spirituality, I would certainly recommend Brenne Brown's work, because she has such a great sense of how power and vulnerability work to support one another, engaging the idea of working toward healing our past wounds around a practice of vulnerability is essential, not just as fathers, but as men who work and live and engage in the culture at large. So if I were looking to give some practical advice to fathers about how they might engage in vulnerability as a parent, as a dad, I would say, share with your children your experiences of frustration or fear or challenge in appropriate ways. Don't come home with the idea that you're the bullet proof, Teflon dad. But share the full range of emotions with your children. If you've had a tough day, you can say, oh, dad had a tough day today. This happened, and it made me sad. This happened and it made me a little nervous or anxious. Or I'm struggling with this idea.

Pastor Jimmy Bartz offers practical advice and resources for fathers for cultivating vulnerability

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Jimmy Bartz

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Jimmy serves as rector of St. John’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Prior to coming to Jackson, he was the founder and priest at Thad’s, an emergent Episcopal Church in the Santa Monica, California, in the Diocese of Los Angeles. He has also served as the Campus Missioner at the University of Texas in Austin, at All Saints’ in Austin, Texas, and All Saints’ Parish in Beverly Hills, California. He is a graduate the University of Texas at Austin and Virginia Theological Seminary. Presently, he serves as the Chair of the Board of the Episcopal Evangelism Society, and in years past has worked with Red Bull High Performance teaching athletes spiritual disciplines, with Naval Special Warfare working to create systems for character development within special operations teams, and was a speaker at TEDx, Venice Beach.
Married to Cindy and dad to Jas and Jade, the Bartz family loves to spend time outside mountaineering, skiing, fly-fishing, hunting and surfing.  Jimmy is currently writing a book on the spirituality of risk.

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