For some time now, I’ve been feeling out of place — a kind of homelessness. The major organizing frameworks that have helped me to make sense of my life, that have given meaning and purpose, don’t make sense to me anymore. The pandemic has only intensified this experience. It’s also helped me to see more clearly. I’m experiencing a sense of call, a longing, for something that is not yet, but I know it’s in God’s heart. God wants to reveal something, and I want to open myself to that revelation.
I know I can’t make this journey alone. I’ve never been able to. I need community. I need discernment partners. I need people to ask me: What’s your dream? What do you fear? What makes you angry? What lights a fire in your heart? What brings you hope? If you could do anything, what would you do? If you were not afraid, what would you do? What’s the longing in your heart? Most importantly, what’s your sense for God’s dream, for the longing in God’s heart?
There’s nothing I value more than engaging these questions in community. I want to hear the dreams, fears and longings of others. I want to live these questions in community and conspire with others to help create what we believe is good, beautiful and true.
I believe in a God of liberation. God wants us to be free. God wants our freedom more than anything else — a freedom that enables us to see what God sees and to love as God loves.
I hope this workshop can be a place for all of us to explore these questions, to be discernment partners, to dare each other to dream, to challenge each other, to offer constructive criticism, to see more clearly what oppresses us and to deeply know that God wants to smash the instruments of oppression in our lives (Isaiah 9:3). This is the ancient promise. This is Good News! I have a sense that God wants to do something beautiful and powerful with this group, and I’m grateful to be part of it.