Every crisis can be an invitation to dream. Even in uncertain moments, we are called to imagine better futures together: for ourselves, for our communities, and for our planet. In this series, we’ll be talking with leading thinker-practitioners about the art and practice of imagination: both how to create wide-open spaces for possibilities that others find impossible and what it looks like when our dreams become reality.
What does it look like to go from "What is" to "What if?" To shift from constantly reacting to what we don't want to imagining what we do? Each of us is capable of cultivating our innate capacities for envisioning new futures and moreover, the future of our planet might depend on our ability to do so as individuals and as societies.
On October 19, 2020, we had an aspirational and highly practical conversation with noted author and community activist Rob Hopkins, and award-winning poet Dominique Christina to learn the art and practice of imagining new futures together.
What does it look like to follow Jesus in a post-religious age? In this moment when American Christianity’s institutional decline is accelerating rapidly, we have the opportunity to envision new shapes for spiritual community growing up out of the shadow of the old.
On November 18, 2020 we imagined the shape of a new church: re-birthed from ancient roots and decoupled from capitalist Christianity with pastor and writer Rev. Emily Scott, founder of Saint Lydia’s Dinner Church in Brooklyn and now pastor of Dreams and Visions in Baltimore; and Dr. Heber Brown, pastor of Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore and founder of the Black Church Food Security Network.
What does it look like to imagine a new planet, for good or for ill? If COVID-19 was simply a warmup for the catastrophic effects of a warming planet, what does it look like to urgently imagine an earth-nurturing way for us to live on this, our home?
On November 30, 2020 we envisioned a life-sustaining way for all creatures (human and non-human) and the stakes behind our activism with author Bill McKibben, founder of the first global grassroots climate campaign and Rev. Lennox Yearwood, President and Founder of the Hip Hop Caucus.
In conjunction with the "Unlocking Imagination" speaker series, we also offered a Co-Learning Community which gathered in the alternating weeks between each event, for deeper reflection and for integration and application. Registration for the Co-Learning Community has now closed. Learn more.