I wonder what Dr. King would say about my dreams. He was both a minister and dreamer, and so am I! If he were alive, I’d tell him that when I dream…
I dream of a church ALIVE!
One that is an active, engaged and inclusive church. One where every person regardless of race, gender, sexuality, economic station or citizenship status can feel at home inside its doors. One that is racially diverse, social-justice oriented, and a light with the holy spirit. A church where parishioners don’t just sit in the pew, safe and passive, but one where it’s people can be found at the margins, serving, postesting, challenging, and impacting change. A church that will not rest until God’s vision for our world becomes a reality.
I want a church that makes every church song come to life! A church where hymns like We Are Called, One Bread One Body, Be Not Afraid,Here I Am, Lord and all the other memorable verses sung from the mouths of the congregation would become a mantra of our daily actions. Then, they will TRULY know that we are christian by our love. Not a passive love, but a love active and passionate to make God’s love known to each and every person on earth.
I dream of a world where people aren’t more focused on comfort than on justice.
I dream of a world where realities like the injustice of racism, sexism and homophobia, are not part of the fabric of an institution modeled after a Christ who stood by ALL those on the margins. I yearn for a church that isn’t tied to only one political party over God’s infinite truth. Where issues linked to human experience aren’t co-opted or rallied behind by political parties for beneficial gain.
I dream of a church that isn’t afraid to stir the public conscience by living in the dynamic, unapologetic, life-transforming experience of the gospel. I want a congregation who isn’t more concerned with what their friends or neighbors think than living the teachings of Jesus.
I dream of being a woman of strength, wisdom, and Impact. I believe at my best I am a woman that contains all of the above inside me, but I marvel at what I could do if i had the confidence to bring them all together at once. I would preach from the mountaintops. I would inspire young women and people and color to believe that the church is theirs as well. I would challenge that euro-centric view of the church to widen its arms to those on the margins. I would show the world that women can be just as motivating as they are maternal; can be just as powerful as they are passionate; can we be just as impactful as they are patient. I could inspire the church to come alive!
I dream of adding my name to the list of women (real and fictional) who inspire me…names like Ava Duvernay, Oprah Winfrey, Maya Angelo, Michelle Obama, Hoda Kodtb, Brene Brown, Mindy Khaling, Tina Fey, Issa Rae, Midge Mazel, Austin Channing Brown…the list goes on.
I dream that I can one day sit among their ranks. That my preaching can add to their strong and powerful example. I imagine myself one day becoming the new Fr. Mike Schmitz. The black, female, non-clerical version of a charismatic and passionate witness to the gospel. I want to be someone who can stir the church to use faith to engage in making our world a true representation of the kingdom of heaven.
…The Kingdom of heaven where dreams become a beatific reality!