If you want to build a ship, don't drum up people to collect wood and don't assign them tasks and work, but rather teach them to long for the endless immensity of the sea.—Antoine de Saint-Exupery
This month as we mark the official start of the new church year, we are exploring the theme of vision. It’s a good place to begin. We ask a lot of ourselves and each other as members of this religious community. So it’s good to think about why we do what we do and what we most want to be doing together. Without vision and inspiration, the tasks and work can quickly become tedious, even overwhelming.
What is your longing for our congregation? Do you envision greater understanding among diverse people and cultures? Do you want to explore a deeper purpose for your life and our shared lives? Do you want to build a society based on principles of fairness? Do you yearn for a profound awakening to racism—here and in our nation? Are you committed to support and care for others in times of pain and celebration? Do you imagine a community that keeps love, hope, and justice alive in the world?
As a community of faith, we can’t do every project and task that comes along, but we can hold out a shared dream of the kind of world we want to bring into being. Together, we can imagine the endless immensity of the sea and allow the longing for it to guide us to build a ship.