At this point the lights have been taken down, the giant bean bags are no longer lounged upon and everyone, speakers to participants, are somewhere else. What was is now no longer. The theme this year was Beyond, and I think YS did an incredible job of collectively moving each of us beyond our comfort and into God’s ever forward movement. I experienced a recognition that what we can grasp can never grasp our God, what we can reason can never fully understand God’s expanse. I heard the humbling yet hopeful message that our God is a God that we can know but only through glimpses, our own and the glimpses of others.
At NYWC15 we were shown the glimpses of others, others we may have not heard before.
Glimpses form scientists and ministers, from LGBT and straight, from minority and majority, from the close and from the other.
If nothing else comes from this incredible time of worship, learning and community I hope that we will each take away that our greatest understanding and our greatest knowledge is but a glimpse. A holy, courageously flawed and beautifully incomplete glimpse.
One of the beauties of this conference is that we have, for a few short days, the opportunity see the glimpses that others see and subsequently know our God and our neighbor in greater and more holistic ways.
My hope is that we will continue to go Beyond our understandings of our God, listen to the stories and see the glimpses of others. My prayer is that what happened in Louisville… will not stay in Louisville.