So we're clear about the vision, we know where we'd like to be - we'd like to be participating in radical action for justice on behalf of the disadvantaged. We'd like to do our spirituality in that context (if you haven't read "A vision for engage", read that first). But.... what are we going to do? How can we fit into our already busy schedules more things to do? We are a tiny group, what prospect do we hope to have of achieving anything?
We want to be a community of action, but we are in danger of being a talking shop. How can we move from where we are, to where we would like to be.
I like the way one guy sums it up:
"If you want change, do two things: clarify your ideas and get friends".
He was talking about Jesus, but I think it pretty well sums up what we need to do.
1. Clarify the vision. I think we're doing that now!
2. Get friends. Let's get seriously stuck into some networking - find out what there is out there that we can get involved in and find people who are like minded who can join us.
3. Let's be honest about what we are offering. We are a small group, full of ideas, but short on time and resources. Sometimes we'll be sharing those ideas with each other, knowing we can't possibly hope to put them into practice at present, in the hope that someone might. Is this the same as a talking shop? I hope not.
lets get down to it