The memories and dreams of a new kind of Christianity

In his book, “The World is Flat”, Thomas Friedman asks the question: “Does your society have more memories than dreams or more dreams and memories?” He later goes on to comment that, “when memories exceed dreams, the end is near.”
It is truly amazing to me that no matter which space of life you choose to operate in, the critical roles of memory and dream can not be over looked. Memory, which so often serves the formative function of negative reinforcement in society is very critical to the way we practice life and conduct ourselves in the long haul. Yet memory alone will not allow us to function in a healthy manner in society, family, or individual relationships. It is the power of dreams and visions that allows us to imagine together where we are going and where we have really been. This dreamatic re-imagining allows us to take the now redemtive past and create a different future. A future towards the kind of synergistic celebration of belief and practice that is the way we live.
For me it has become very important to think about the ways in which people throughout the centuries have been about the business of re-creating the world into that which they interpret to be the dreams and ways of God. This important thought has enabled me to not only consider the ways in which people of yesterday dreamt of a new kind of Christianity, but to undersstand that my dreams, visions, hopes and fears are truly nothing all that new. The newness of the kind of Christianity we truly hope to practice is but ever, as my friend Peter Rollins puts it, “a rediscovery.”
Cheers to all who have and will try to practice a fresh expression of the Church in the now for sake of the future, in light of the past.