I realize now that this dream has always been inside me. For many, many reasons, this dream I have carried — consciously and unconsciously, at times — haven’t fully been given life until now.
I see now that all that has happened has been a gift leading to this moment.
My desire is to join/form a church community that’s an adjunct to my parish community. In this church community, we are all called equally and have mutual co-responsibility.
- To share this dream with others (one-on-one or in small groups) to see if I can find people who share the desire and have capacity for it. I will schedule 2 “house meetings” between now and July 31st to identify leaders and interested parties.
- To find at least 2 other people who will shepherd this with me (I think I already have them identified.) and to launch on July 31st, the feast of St. Ignatius, with a zoom meeting to gather with everyone for a conversation and to experience this new church community.
Benefit for me: A church community where my voice is valued and with whom I can collaborate.
Obstacles to overcome: willingness to adapt my vision to fit the needs of people; willingness for my vision to be stretched in ways unknown to me.
Skills and knowledge required: None at this time. I do have a desire to become a better communicator.
Who work with: Shelley, Mary, Elizabeth