I am so weary of hearing that (conservatives), (liberals), (millenials), (you decide the group) are the reason for the decline of the church. I am also more than a little concerned that we are spending so much time proclaiming whose fault it is that we no longer look to who is in need in our own communities. It’s easy to rant about the church we don’t attend and lament what once was.
In a really fun twist, I attended a conference this past weekend that was filled with people who might be labeled with one or more of the labels above. These same people talked of a love for Jesus, of creativity from and for God, of ways to live out faith, serve God, increase the kingdom and be led by the Spirit. It wasn’t a time of casting stones. It wasn’t a time of bashing anyone else. It was a time of hope. It was a time of challenge. It was a time of sharing stories of really good things happening in real life local places all over. It was a time of encouraging others that good things could be happening in their corners of the world as well. I am left wondering how we move forward in this way more.
For those who don’t know…the conference is clearly inspired by Ted talks. No more than 21 minutes for the main stage speakers and then a series of 7 minute talks. All excellent, all thought provoking.
This was also a conference where I knew hardly anyone. I brought my infant as we are a match set for the time being. It was both beautiful and odd to be best known as “baby D’s mother” more than any other descriptor but that is a post for another day.
Thanks JoPa for the C21Denver conference. I still have much to process.