Leigh Foster reflects on finding a home with The Crossing, a community of young adults meeting on Thursday nights. Boston, MA.
The Crossing started when a small group of young adults – some churchy folks, some not – got together to pray, share dreams and stories and ask some big questions:
What would happen if we could step out of the Sunday morning box, bring along the most compelling parts of church and then claim the holy experiences so many of us have far from the walls of church? What if we got rooted in the good news Jesus walked around preaching and living – the good news of God’s peace, God’s desire for justice, God’s longing to gather all God’s children and name them as beloved – and then proclaimed that good news in words and sounds and images that truly touch our lives … and probably the lives of other people hovering far from the walls of church? We didn’t know where we’d land, but we ended up tapping into some deep passions and a common dream:
Let’s nurture a space where people can have a profound encounter with the living God and with one another. And even if that encounter shakes things up, let’s trust that what emerges will be a gift from God. Let’s build on Episcopal and contemplative traditions, pause, breathe deep and build peace from the inside out. Let’s step into the groove – the rhythm that thumps on the street and in your heart and moves you into the dance God started at the beginning of time. Let’s ground everything we do in the dream of God – doing church in a way that prepares us to do our part in the world-changing, peace-making, justice-seeking, all-embracing mission of God. Let’s get serious about spiritual practice, carving out intentional time and space to pray, meditate, do yoga, create art, live simply, love well, reach out to Christ who is already reaching out to us. Let’s build a full community, with room for the hopes and gifts and cultural expressions and postmodern perspective of young adults to shape a beloved community for everyone: different races, different ages, different social classes, different sexual orientations and identities. Progressives and evangelicals. High church and low church and no church. Let’s gather everybody at God’s table for Eucharist – the communion meal when all the outcasts and incasts come together just as we are to meet God and receive new life through Christ and head into the world to participate in the love revolution Jesus started. That’s the dream. Every week, every day, by God’s grace, we try to live it out.