It’s Tuesday evening, and I’m sitting in the newly created church lounge. In essence, the church lounge is a reimagined room. Over the past several months at Faith UMC, we have talked about reimagining. So far, our reimagining work has created a new prayer space, the lounge I’m sitting in, and other rooms that are beginning to be repurposed. Additionally, we will soon see the church grounds reimagined, as Indy Urban Acres will soon break ground on their new 4-acre farm space at Faith.
I love the word reimagine, and I love the process of reimagining. To reimagine is not to say what has been is bad, done, or didn’t serve a purpose. Indeed, reimagining honors the fact that imagining and good work has taken place before. However, there are new seasons, societal changes, and in general life evolves. Hence the need to reimagine things in life.
Recently myself, and others, have enjoyed some really productive conversations with the Warren Township School District, and the Moorhead Community center. What has been particularly exciting about those conversations is that we are not the only ones reimagining. Indeed, there is a lot of reimagining occurring on the Eastside on Indy. And, what a privilege it is to seek out others in the community who are dreaming and reimagining, finding ways to work together.
As I sit in here in our reimagined lounge space, my encouragement would be to keep dreaming, reimagining, and allowing others (and yourself) the space to try new things.
All of this work is for a purpose. Our common purpose is that ALL people would be welcomed in beloved community. Also, that ALL people would know they are of sacred worth.
Keep reimagining friends!