I realize now that I have two dreams: one for my self and one for my work. I have confused the two since they are so related, but with the help of this community, I have now discovered their distinctness. (And now that I have reached clarity, my next post will be on goal setting.)
Dream for Me: Being Accompanied
I dream of a community for women and men who feel drawn to belong to a group of other individuals who have also committed their life to serve God and God’s people and live a Christ-centered life.
These individuals may be clergy, religious or lay, but all are seen as equals in our desire and practice of living a life centered on the Gospel. Inclusive language will be used in all our worship and prayer practice. Roles in the community will be solely based on desires, gifts and talents.
We will share life together but not necessarily live under one roof. We will pattern ourselves in the life of religious communities wherein each member will have a small community to share life with regardless of living situation.
Sharing life would mean weekly gatherings for prayer, meal, and sharing of stories.
We will meet quarterly as a larger group for shared experiences. These could be for talks, discussion, or outings.
An annual week-long retreat will also be scheduled. Members can come for the whole week or for just a few days. The directed part of the retreat would be for the few days and the other times would be self-directed but with shared mealtimes.
This would be like creating a new church community. One that is more collaborative in nature and one that has more freedom to really live out the Gospel as Jesus did. We would meet weekly for eucharist that is done in a more inclusive format. I and others would still have the option belong to our own parish community or religious congregation, but this group would very much be like a church or religious community as well.
Dream for My Work: Accompanying
I dream of accompanying others in their own faith journey and in living a life of fullness. This is more fluid and I feel in many ways, I’m already living it. I continue to be open in being led by the Holy Spirit on this.
My desire is to somehow find a way of being paid to do the work that I feel God has called me to do. While I don’t really need the money, it’s the dignity of work that I seek.