At the Council Retreat yesterday, our homework included reading an article entitled “Collective Imagination: The church can build what it first imagines.” It was written by Rev. Jessica Tate, a leadership coach who lives in DC.  In the article she observes: “Every person I know is weary from all the disruption and change, from the uncertainty and the decision fatigue. Our collective desire seems to be for some normalcy, some familiarity, for something to be easy. I want to make the case that we resist that impulse in service of discipleship and building the kingdom of God… We are being given the opportunity to stitch a new garment. One that fits all of humanity in nature. We can only build what we first can imagine. Perhaps a call right now is not to return to normalcy, but to open our imaginations once again to stitch a new garment.” She quotes Adrienne Maree Brown, who in Emergent Strategy, writes “vision is the farthest into the future we can see as a group and saying aloud what we long for.” Rev. Tate continues “We have a rich history of that kind of visioning in the church. Scripture gives us images of a lion lying down with a lamb, a river that flows in the city, justice rolling down like water, each one sitting under a fig tree without fear.”

Scripture Reading: Isaiah 2:4
“He shall judge between the nations, and shall arbitrate for many peoples; they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.”

Reflection Questions:
What scripture verse(s) helps you envision the kind of world God desires?
Is it possible to envision a time where we won’t be so divided as a country?
How are you walking humbly with God?

Prayer: Holy God, settle your Spirit in me so I can embrace the opportunity to make our world a better place. Let my actions be visible – showing others what you desire for all. Amen