So today my early morning writing comes to you from Indianapolis. I am a participant at the Theological Programs for High School Youth Leadership Conference sponsored by the Lilly Foundation and The Fund for Theological Education. I have entered a whole new world that I never knew existed.
Yesterday being travel gave everyone a chance to relax into an informal dinner and get to know each other. Because of an email address snafu, I hadn’t received any details about the conference until just before I left home… so I had no idea what to expect. Already… what an adventure! I have much to absorb from all these amazing minds over the next two days. To all of you who are wondering What next? or Am I a pilgrim or a nomad? or What is innovation in ministry? … stay tuned. My gut is telling me that shortly my brain will explode with new creative energy. I am eager to share with you! (not exploded brain guts…oooo 😦 the creative part…)
Last night’s dinner conversation asked many of the same questions that have been traded in these blogs over the past week… and at one point a friend said “You know, in my parish we’re talking about everything except what we really need to be talking about… the proverbial elephant in the room. Why aren’t we asking Catholics about the reasons they’re walking away from the church?” Needless to say, I didn’t sleep well last night… my brain is churning and tossing these thoughts over and over searching for a way to see them clearly.
I have no answers today only more wrestling questions of faith and matters of the soul. As the conference begins in a couple of hours, I want to plumb the wisdom of these ministry professionals and see if we can figure out how to feed this elephant. Then maybe we can start leading him back to his home.
I want to throw a few questions out for your own wrestling…
What are you spending and being spent for? What commands and receives your best time, your best energy?
What causes, dreams, goals or institutions are you pouring out your life for?
With whom or what group do you share your most sacred and private hopes for your life and for the lives of those you love?
What are those most sacred hopes, those most compelling goals and purposes in your life?
Chew on these for now… we’ll come back to them in a little while.
Peace and every good for your day.