Pastoral imagination: The notion that theology doesn’t fit into a box and the practice of being a theologian can look so many different ways to any number of people. Tutus, ukuleles, violins, dance, poetry, photography, scrapbooking and quiet time are all ways in which theologians can connect God’s imagination to the hurting world around them, creating something beautiful that recaptures innocence and vibrancy of life that tends to disappear into IV poles,plastic tubes and glass doors.
I think ministry and creativity go hand in hand. I learned that through my peers and myself during this residency and I’ll be able to put my creativity to use in a different way as I minister to senior adults facing loneliness and isolation – finding creative ways to connect God’s presence to the lonely community around me. I’m getting excited to trade in my tutu for a stole and my fish and dog stickers for a hymnal, chalice and paten.