Monday, June 08, 2009

How to Start a Conspiracy

Harold Crick: So, are you a frequenter of the Metropolitan Transit Authority too?
Ana Pascal: No. I'm just late.
Harold Crick: Big flag burning to get to?
Ana Pascal: Actually, it's my weekly evil-conspiracy and needlepoint group. You wanna come?
Harold Crick: I left my thimbles and socialist reading material at home.
Phase one: collect underpants. No wait, that’s how to start a corporation, not a conspiracy. Starting a conspiracy is much easier. You simply have to get people together who share a common goal.

Generally, that goal undermines a currently existing system. If the system is good, a conspiracy can be bad. If the system is not-so-good, a conspiracy can be rather helpful.

I’m plotting a little conspiracy of my own.

But not on my own… that would defeat the whole purpose.

I’m plotting a conspiracy of community.

I’m hoping this community can conspire together to see the Kingdom of God lived out in our little city. The upside-down kingdom - the one where things like love, peace, patience, contentment and hope are valued over things like selfishness, power, anxiousness, greed and despair.

We’re trying something a bit radical.

You see, it takes a bit of a while for some of the new ways of thinking to trickle this far down past the Mason-Dixon Line (and east of the Republic). So the reasoning is, why don’t we get people interested in the missional, emergent, monastic and multi-ethnic streams of the church together in one big (well, ok, not-so-big) conversation? After all, we’re going to overlap in a lot of places, and we’re going to have to figure out how to work through the places we don’t overlap while still keeping our relationships in tact. You know, that whole “by this will all men know you are my disciples, if you love one another” thing?

So, if you are in Central Arkansas, or you were, will be, or want to be, I invite you into the conversation… I mean, CONSPIRACY!

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1 comment:

Angela said...

one of the things i'm sad about leaving behind in my move is my church. all these fantastic things - like what you are talking about - are growing up there and now i'm leaving right as the good stuff is rising up and about to go nuts all over the place.