Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Are you human?

This will probably be my last post on the Human Event conference... until the next one! I know, I know, I sound confused and confusing. The truth is there's still so much to 'unpack' that I'm not inclined to just ramble on and on because I feel obligated to share something I've learned. Frankly, many of the pieces are still falling into place, and like the proverbial puzzle, the picture becomes clearer by the day. So am I going to continue to share stuff from the conference? That's the point isn't it? I don't really know until the next time something hits me and I feel impressed to share it. So just enjoy today's post and hope for the best. :)

One of the big ideas from the conference was the idea that the key question in the 21st Century will be "What does it mean to be (fully) human?" We agreed that, according to 1 Corinthians 15: 20-21 and Ephesians 2: 14-15, Jesus didn't come to 'teach' Christianity, but to make the world human again. That being said, we tossed around a few ideas suggesting what it means to be fully human.
  • To be fully human is to be part of a missional community that reflects God's character to, through, and for creation.
  • To be fully human is to embrace a radical interconnectedness to each other, the natural world, and the future, while using our extraordinary powers to shape them to intention, foresight, and love.
  • To be fully human requires refining and revealing the image of God to His creation.
  • We can't be fully human by ourselves, as, to be fully human requires interaction with others.

How would you define what it means to be fully human?


Hope said...

OY! That's a question and a half. There is so much hurt in being human. I've spent the last five years trying to be Christ-like (of course with the help of His Spirit). I think I'll have to toss this one around for a while.