I have noticed a distinct difference between how I have always conceived of "church" - joining an organization with which I agree in order to receive the spiritual services I crave - to a new understanding of joining God's kingdom. As Jim Wallis says, "the beginning of active solidarity with the purposes of the kingdom of God in the world..." I can no longer be concerned with my needs above all, but have to always ask the question, what is God doing in the world? How can I join alongside?
"No longer preoccupied with out private lives, we are engaged in a vocation for the world."
"Conversion is ultimately dying to self and becoming part of something that is larger than any of us."
"Through it all, the most profound change is finally the most simple: discovering the meaning of love."
I think those are powerful questions for our cohort to explore, attempt to answer, and try to fulfill in our lives and our community.