2009 explorations

Written by on April 1st, 2009 // Filed under mission

communitasPHX is an experimental movement in that we empower fresh thinking, try new things, and accept both the successes AND failures that come with experimentation. With our new focuses for 2009 (see above article), we’re centering our common and public life together even more around the ideals of spirituality (Jesus-centric), community, justice, & creativity. We’ll be digging into these ideals deeply as a people in 2009, and here’s some of the aspects we’ll be exploring:

Spirituality (Jesus-centric):

  • Will being a part of an open spiritual dialogue (anything goes) allow for people to discover and follow Jesus?
  • Will developing a global community of some who are together living out ancient contemplative rhythms in modern day help develop our spirituality in new ways?
  • How do health and balance in our mental, emotional, relational, & physical lives affect our spiritual life?

Community:

  • Can middle-class and lower-class families really build deep friendships and share life together in meaningful ways?
  • Can white, african-american, & hispanic people really build deep friendships and share life together in meaningful ways?
  • Can parties be an effective and illustrative way to expose those around us to the kingdom?

Justice:

  • What systems are at work keeping those around us in poverty?
  • What are some simple and transferrable ways we can help those in poverty break out of the oppressive systems of poverty to discover a new hope?
  • Where and how are the issues of poverty, immigration, and human trafficking present our neighborhood and city?
  • How can we affect change in the issues of poverty, immigration, and human trafficking in our city?
  • Can we effectively introduce people to Jesus as they join us in “Kingdom-activity’?

Creativity:

  • How can we as a people play a “trickster” (publicly challenging the “way things are”) role in our city?
  • Can we introduce the public to the ideals of the kingdom by presenting the parables of Jesus through fresh, creative, and artistic events?
  • Would offering creative workshops (organic gardening, beer-brewing, arts) help those around us live more imaginatively?

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