I taught the MCYM third years for the last time on Monday. It was their penultimate teaching day for their entire degree. I finished by giving them time individually to craft a piece of theological reflection on social policy and their practice. The range of offerings was so encouraging reflecting deep thinking, creativity, diversity and passion. It is so encouraging to remember where they started and see where students have got to on their journey of faith and vocation. Today, with her permission, I am sharing Lisa’s piece which was also in part triggered by an exercise Paul did earlier in the year reframing Martin Luther King’s I have a dream speech. This is what she wrote:
God has a dream, a dream that I will follow him until my dying days and beyond.
God has a dream, a dream that I will listen and serve him.
God has a dream, that we will all use our talents.
God has a dream, that we will encourage each other and build each other up.
I have a dream that is rooted in God’s dream.
God gave me a dream for Churches and institutes to become more inclusive.
It is my dream, to serve Him and encourage others to make His dreams come true.
God gave me a dream that all people are treated as individuals and their needs provided for.
I have a dream to ensure that God’s dream becomes a reality and will provide training so that there is more knowledge, understanding and love regarding people with disabilities, both physical, emotional and learning.
God gave me a dream for more people with to have opportunities to participate.
I have a dream to ensure that people with additional needs are encouraged to be part of the PCC and have a voice in decisions that are made.
God has a dream that people are liberated and set free.
I have a dream through the last image of Jesus, that it is one of a disabled God, but we do not see the disability, we see the love, grace and mercy of Him.
What is God’s dream for you? What is your dream? What are you going to do about your dream?
Lisa Buckley 27.4.15