Okay, what’s next?
Have you ever had one of those moments when something happens or you find out something new and all you can do is ask, “Well what do I do now?”
Coming to faith in Jesus is a moment like this, and if you talk to an activist they will usually describe a turning-point that propelled them down the path they now tread. These are pivotal, life-changing moments which trigger a choice: “Will I keep going the way I was before, or will I let this moment transform me?”
The Bible is littered with these moments. In fact, you’ll find at least one in just about any story you are told. They’re central to how we understand the world and how we understand ourselves.
Two stories in this month’s edition made me think about these moments. The first can be found on page six, where we ask, “Destiny Together has happened—what now?” The members of the 13th Assembly in Adelaide in 2012 passionately stood alongside our Indigenous brothers and sisters calling for justice, and that passion was further expressed at the Destiny Together vigil in Canberra earlier this year. How do we continue that momentum? How do we keep that flame alive? What’s next?
The other story, about the Uniting Church national census, can be found on page 12. There was some unease surrounding the results of the census, and some worry that they could wind up demoralising Uniting Church congregations. But these results aren’t just a warning; they are also an opportunity, which is something the Moderator explores in her column on page four. Where are we really succeeding? Can we serve people better? Are there difficult changes we should make?
Transformational moments contain a challenge and a promise. May there be many more as our story unfolds!