Last week’s trio of links focused on individual transformation. This week’s links turn to transformation of communities, with a special emphasis in a couple of them to communities of faith.
A Caveat: Just because I link to a particular resource does not mean I completely agree with everything the author or the website says and stands for. Some links are meant to invite us to different perspectives on what it means to live.
Act 1: Recreation
This article focusing on music looks at a major struggle within the creative community: original authorship and the remix movement. It points to an idea of recreativity that I think we need to embrace as communities of faith.
It is a source of security for us to settle into a theological safe zone that looks to a founder and creates limits based on that history. Then we use those boundaries to block and bar any sort of innovation.
I think if we took Wesley, Luther, Calvin, and even Jesus and showed them around the communities that claim their names today they would not be pleased. Any founder of a culture shaking movement had to break the mold. They had to take what was there and recreate it into something different to breathe new life into the communities they loved.
Act 2: Blocks to Transformation
I find Scott’s ideas to be challenging and inspiring.
As he encourages communities of faith to regain their missional calling he knows the resistance of the cultures inside and outside of those communities that get in the way of this life-enriching movement. In this article he summarizes 7 of these cultural influences from the book Missional Spirituality by Roger Holland and Len Hjalmarson.
The list is humbling.
Act 3: Do We Really Need New and Improved?
This link has been sitting in my queue since last summer.
Joy writes about her experiencing finding a new faith home after serving as a missionary in Bolivia. She finds her self wrestling with what her heart desires about a community of faith and what many communities decide to market themselves as. Her struggle in finding a new home resonates with my struggles in caring for the community I serve.
Do we want a “New and Improved” community, or an “All-natural and Organic” one.
What do you think?