By Rachel Livingston
As soon as I came back from San Antonio, I made sure to meet with a friend/partner in ministry to discuss the things that I learned and all the things that I could share. Before I left for San Antonio we had discussed finding a space where we could meet God, a place of inclusion, social action, activism, and a place that allows us to find the fullness of ourselves. We began to think outside the box and consider the possibility of creating a space. But for some time we thought we were looking for a space that was already created, a place where we could find people that help us to thrive as people of God. However, from my experiences in San Antonio and the possibilities that were revealed by the Holy Spirit, it became quite clear that God was encouraging us to explore creating this space. We saw that it would be a shame not to be faithful to where God might be leading us and the greatness that could possibly flourish.
The space could include a freedom school, a place for worship, a place for community building, and building intentional community. From there we vowed to make sure that we put in time to work on this project every week for at least 4 hours. We sat down and envisioned all things that this place could be, looking at multiple examples, some close by and others not so close. Some of the models that we looked at were physical spaces and others were programs and organizations. We explored the things we liked and disliked about each space/organization. From this we were able to define what we want in the space and what we don’t want in the space. Generally we would like a community space that people can find God, can find activism, where youth and children are empowered (Freedom School), where people find community (family dinners, community building, etc.), and people discuss the difficult issues and explore theology.
I am so excited for the possibilities coming and the journey that God is taking us on.