Today we pushed into the discipline of art making and advocacy as a spiritual practice.
Our day began with a directed trip to
MOMA (Museum of Modern Art) calling us to reflect on what it means to make art and be creative like our Creator. Artists conceal and reveal in their craft. This same dynamic can be found in Jesus' parables. They tell you some things, but leave the
hearers wanting more. Furthermore, this pattern of concealing and revealing goes toward answering some of life’s biggest questions (Who are we? Why are we here? What is the meaning of life?") The artists at MOMA answered these questions using everything from matching chocolate and soap sculptures to a signed toilet seat.
With our creative juices flowing we spent the afternoon working with a neighborhood advocacy campaign Reimagine launched called barrio libre. This campaign was developed to connect neighbors together and effect simple action to bring about positive change in the Mission. Our group participated in this campaign by distributing flyers, doing graffiti removal, picking up trash and making prayer flags. These simple acts really work toward
making God’s dreams come true for the Mission.
The whole experience really stoked the fires of my imagination. How can I advocate for Kingdom change in my neighborhood. What are the opportunities? What are the barriers?
WE closed out the day by meeting with Seven, Reimagine's community gathering. ON this night one of the communities seven vows was explored (simplicity) through conversation about local eating mixed with bread making, Bible study and gardening. It was all right up our alley.
Ok, I have nothing left and I'm going to bed.
Tomorrow is our last day, keep praying!