“We can live in our neighborhoods but never live life in them.”

Jon Huckins described this to be the North American urban experience.

We don’t want that to be our experience.

Thinking of Jon, I took a look at my notes from when Jon was with us in the middle of March.

Here is what I wrote for his presentation on the six postures to live God’s mission in our neighborhood.

The Six Postures

listening (communion, community, context). Allowing us to hear what God is directing us regarding the mission. Carthusian monks: silence. Practices? prayer walks. times of silence. conversations with residents. study history or our place. learn about all dimensions of the neighborhood (faiths, parks, stories, to other churches, etc). Two questions: What interrupts your ability to listen? What is listening one experiment or practice?

submerging, able to dive into the real issues of our neighborhood. Down, deep below our surface perceptions, into the realities. from dabbling, to being present. Six submerging practices: practicing presence; stop spending so much time at church (esp. church leaders); identify the assets in your neighborhood; connect with influencers; submerge into areas of brokenness; contend for the broken to the point of restoration.

Questions: what interrupts your ability to submerge … what is one practice/experiment?

inviting, in the context of Jesus’ invitation to repentance and the kingdom; radical hospitality-invitation, into the shared life of Jesus, discipleship, into a realignment into the values/way of life. 2-way invitation: there is a mutuality to invitation meaning we are inviting and also being invited. What interrupts …. what is one inviting practice/experiment?
contending, actions for healing broken systems, people, realities. Notice, this comes after listening, submerging, and inviting. Matters of justice, per OT, Luke. John 4 Jesus with the Samaritan woman.. The Good Samaritan, Luke 15. Covenant forms the strong foundation in which contending can take place. Contending, as what can be done to stand up for the dignity of the other, as in the story of Lola, one-toothed woman in the wheelchair. What interrupts … practice/experiment?      
imagining helps us to remember that we are part of a narrative of hope, new creation, and choosing this narrative rather than one of fear. Moses story. acquiring new eyes for our neighborhood. Jon’s neighborhood street fair which made his neighbors’ eyes open wide realizing what can be.

entrusting. ‘so send I you’. a distinction between “retaining” and entrusting.