Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Let's Pretend

When we were growing up, my older sister and I spent lots of time pretending to play school, house, church, doctor (totally innocent) and store.

Since she was the oldest, she was always the mommy, the teacher, the preacher, the doctor, or the grocer. (You firstborns can be a little bossy!)

With pretending, there is the freedom to create a scenario more to our liking. Our pretend school had lots of recess.

Many of us have sat around our tables with like-minded friends trying to imagine what church could be, with conversation and imagination flowing as freely as the wine, coffee, or guiness.

With certain of our friends, the conversation always eventually turns there. As we've deconstructed, healed, grown, and changed, the imagined scenarios have shifted to reflect the changes in our hearts.

RealLive Preacher asks the question:
“What if we could do church any way that we wanted?”

Perhaps the answer isn't as important as the freedom to explore the question, to listen, to search, and to enter into the process of discovery.


Bruce said...

Yeah, there were some interesting "what ifs." I've been thinking about finding some like-minded individuals and seeing what can happen.


Cindy said...

Bruce- You already have.

Cindy said...

or did you mean people you can actually see ;-)

Regina Clare Jane said...

"The freedom to explore"- that's something I have never felt in the Church I was raised in. As I get older and braver, I am going there though, into these uncharted territories (at least for me they are uncharted). I feel like the EM is giving me permission, as it were to do that- and that's scary and exciting at the same time!

Bruce said...

Cindy - both! What a wild ride that would be. Local and national and international connections.

RonMcK said...

Eventually we have to get beyond talking.
It is time to find some like-minded people and have a go at Being Church where we live.