A friend asked me today how I envisioned the structure of House of the Transfiguration. I don’t have a ton of thoughts about structure other than to say I definitely don’t want anything that is top down. But then I decided I would take a chance and tell him my ultimate dream. My, this is where I feel God calling me and if money were no object dream. So I thought I would share that ultimate dream here as well.
I dream of a small, old, stone church building. We’d rip out the pews in the sanctuary and put in really comfortable couches. We’d never lock the doors so the church could actually become a sanctuary. People could sleep on the couches day or night. Come in out of the cold and warm up. Rest and relax.
Downstairs would be a washer and dryer that anyone could use. There would also be a shower down there with real, clean towels and toiletries that were free for the taking. Upstairs would be classrooms that would be open and quiet during the day for people who wanted a space to sit and read or pray.
We would have a community meal at least once a week that would be open to everyone. No restrictions, no exceptions.
We would pray the divine office during the day and that would be open to anyone as well. Although it would not be required.
Our services would be a time to gather and reflect. We would often do three fold communion (where you share an actual meal together, wash one another’s feet, and partake of bread and wine). Our worship would be contemplation and a space to rest and refresh ourselves for activism. Our service would be activism in all its forms; being a part of the community, working for change.
That’s what I dream about. That’s the type of space and the type of church I want to be a part of.