How to Be the Church

Jesus prays in Gethsemene

Jesus prays in Gethsemene

LDI believes that the Church is the risen Body of Christ, a community gathered in the spirit of love passed down from the Hebrew tradition. This community must create a space where reconciliation can happen at individual, interpersonal and societal levels. To foster reconciling communities, LDI teaches community organizing and contemplative practices. While contemplative practices support our reconnection and knowing of ourselves and of God within, organizing practices draw us into measurable action in society to challenge systems that deny the voice and belovedness of all of us.

The Contemplative - The contemplative practices are a set of prayer and meditation practices that let us to quiet false narratives and tune into God’s abiding love. Through contemplative practices and attention to those we love, we deepen our ability to hear truth amidst distraction, channel faith over fear, and love each other through relationships and communities.

Jesus shares his message in his Sermon on the Mount

Jesus shares his message in his Sermon on the Mount

The Prophetic - The community organizing practices enable us to do the difficult work that fosters agency and builds power among all people in the path towards long-term equity. Community organizing is different from service projects that can often only mitigate the consequences of inequality, maintaining unjust power structures. Unlike service, community organizing enables us to speak prophetic truth and take action that disrupts systems of oppression.

Jesus casts money changers and merchants out of the temple

Jesus casts money changers and merchants out of the temple

Ongoing Movement of Reconciliation

The infinity symbol visualizes God's movement of reconciliation

The infinity symbol visualizes God's movement of reconciliation

The relationship between the contemplative and the prophetic welcomes us into an ever-deepening movement of reconciliation. The Rev. Gary Commins describes the relationship between mystical contemplation and prophetic activism: “It does not matter whether it is with the Psalms or an epiphany or simply a love that grows from prayer. Spiritual experience pushes mystics to love their neighbor more intensely just as true activism leads us to depend more deeply on God.”4

The movement between contemplation and action can be represented through the infinity symbol. As with infinity, God’s movement of reconciliation is eternal and exists outside of our understanding. By joining God’s movement through contemplation and action, we unite with ourselves more deeply, and more fervently seek reconciliation in our wider communities.