Johnson said that in preparation for this time to "believe the future into being," the Board read and discussed Beyond Resistance by United Church of Christ Minister and President, John Dorhauer, and Waiting for God’s New Thing by Methodist futurist Gil Rendle. They have begun to read The Great Spiritual Migration by Brian McLaren. The Board twice went into retreat with Cameron Trimble, Executive Director of the Center for Progressive Renewal, to seek transformation in a rapidly and radically changing world. They listened attentively at the three most recent Annual Meetings of the MACUCC to the Church speaking through the voices of Yvette Flunder, Nadia Bolz Weber, and Otis Moss III, and visited several local congregations for inspiration, vitality and vision, he said.
“Intercession visualizes an alternative future to the one apparently fated by the momentum of current forces. Prayer infuses the air of a time yet to be into the suffocating atmosphere of the present… Intercession changes the world and it changes what is possible to God… It creates an island of relative freedom in a world gripped by an unholy necessity. A new force field appears that was hitherto only potential. The entire configuration changes as the result of the change of a single part. A space opens in the praying person, permitting God to act without violating human freedom. The change in even one person thus changes what God can thereby do in that world… History belongs to the intercessors, who believe the future into being.” Pp. 185-187
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