Spirit Alive: It's Time to Crossover
Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog that looks at different aspects of mission and ministry throughout the Oregon-Idaho Annual Conference and beyond.
December 4, 2018
Food for the Soul:
Sometimes You Need to Crossover In Order to Reach Your Goal
"Come with me, on a year of Crossing Over to Life, beginning with Advent, December 2, 2018."
Bishop Elaine Stanovsky
We hear about the notion of crossovers in lots of different settings in life. There are crossovers in basketball, which oftentimes end up with your opponent sprawled out on the floor as you either step back for a three point shot or drive past your defender for an easy lay-up. There is the famous "why did the chicken cross the road?" genre of jokes, which originally ended with the surprising words, "to get to the other side."
Both of these crossovers involve something unexpected...even surprising to take place. You think one thing is going to happen, but as a result of the crossover, something completely different occurs. Crossovers always have an element of adventure to them. But in the end, it turns out to be rather doable...and it cannot be prevented from occurring once the person (or even the chicken) decides to proceed.
Beginning December 2, Bishop Stanovsky has invited all of us to participate in a year of CrossOver to Life. During this time, we are being asked to read Brian McLaren's wonderful book We Make the Road by Walking and utilize various resources to engage us all in this year long exploration of what it means to be people of faith today. Click here to learn more from Bishop Stanovsky about this important, new adventure in the life of our church.
But what does it mean to crossover as a community of faith?
Jesus is known for telling his disciples to travel light, but I'd contend that in order to "crossover" on any journey, you'll need to take with you and use three metaphorical tools, which I've alluded to above. You'll need....a microscope to examine your life, a telescope to see clearly what's really out there, and a pair of traveling shoes so you can "make the road by walking" as Brain McLaren says.
We are all invited to participate in this year long quest, which McLaren says is about spiritual formation, reorientation, and activation.
Are you ready to make a crossover move this year?
Let us walk in the light of God's love,
Spirit Alive is a twice a month blog and email by Rev. Lowell Greathouse, Mission and Ministry Coordinator for the Oregon-Idaho Conference. It seeks to identify where the spirit is alive in our congregations and communities. Check out past editions, or subscribe to the email list.