Been long term planning thinking today. I like to be well ahead of myself in terms of the themes I’m looking at for the events I’m involved in planning.
Two themes seem to keep coming up:
1) For Youth Councils (our annual regional youth gathering on one day) ‘Revolution’ – perhaps tying in with lyrics to ‘Send the Fire’ and that cool image of Jesus looking like Che…I feel we should be exploring what it means to be a radical revolutionary follower of Christ – no holds barred, dangerous, passionate, willing to give up everything…in other words being like Jesus
2) For SWSCA (our annual youth camp) ‘Holiness’ – pure and simple – holiness as our inspiration, holiness as our guide…holiness in action…the Salvation Army belongs to the holiness tradition (Wesley and the Methodist movement are our spiritual forebearers)…it seems to me that we need to rescue the word from the history books and make it something utterly relevant to our day to day lives as servants of Christ…holiness is not some prosaic wishfulness, but earthy, real…it’s about life lived in fullness, not a shadow…especially important is holiness in life…for too long we’ve focused on the unimportant stuff at the expense of truly understanding what it is to be holy…in relationships, in work, in everything…perhaps it’s time for a new holiness?
It’ll be interesting to see where these themes end up!