Conference Minister Diane Weible
I was in a webinar the other day and the presenter brought up the problem with the term “the new normal”. She said that what happens when we say “the new normal” is that people tend only to focus on the word “normal”.
We all know that getting “back to normal” is not an option after eight weeks of sheltering in place and physical distancing. And the new normal still lends itself to a belief that we want to go back to the way things were, with maybe a few tweaks here or there.
I may be going out on a limb here to assume that many of us are on the same page, but I want to invite contemplation and conversation around something much bolder: Co-Creating a New Way of Being.
Whether our days are spent looking out our windows and venturing to the edge of our property line or going out into the quiet streets to make our way to the jobs that have been “deemed essential for the minimal functioning of society,” we have a new perspective on what our society needs and what it means to be people of faith in the year 2020. When we ushered in the year 2020 on New Year’s Eve proclaiming it the year of vision, I don’t think we all expected that our lives would pause in the way they have, offering us not just a commitment to vision but the time and the space to see it from a different perspective and to consider how God is calling us to a new way of being as we move forward.
This is my invitation: Each week (maybe even twice a week), I am going to pose a question. Then, after a few days of my own contemplation about the question, I will post a video on our website (click HERE) with a few of my thoughts. I invite you to add your own reflections to the question or additional questions you have thought of. Some of the questions will be about what we have experienced personally; some will be about what we have seen or experienced as faith communities; some will be about what we envision for the future both personally and as a community; and some may just take off as Spirit moves. Each video will be just 2-3 minutes long and will end with the next question. The questions, I hope, will build on one another and on the conversation we share together.
Today’s question: What has surprised you the most about the past eight weeks?
Co-creating a new way of being is an invitation to use this experience to shape the way we live in covenant and community and the way we move into the future. Click HERE to visit the post where all of the questions and our responses will be recorded.