|Not this kind of elevator. |
And this is only funny on the prairies.
The latest Acts8 idea is for Christians to create their own Elevator Speech about their faith and their faith community. The idea (which originally comes from marketing and professional networking) is to have a brief explanation of who you are and what you are about that can be delivered in the time between getting on an elevator with someone and the point where the door opens again and one of you exits. The elevator doesn't need to cover everything, but it should cover the essentials and give the listener some sense of why they might want to pursue things further. Some say the speech should be no more than 250 words. I think 250 assumes a much taller building than most of the ones we have here in Regina.
Acts8 Moment is inviting Episcopalians and Anglicans to participate in a blogforce effort which will result in dozens or hundreds of blogged elevator speeches being aggregated at the Acts8 Moment website. If you want to participate, follow the instructions at the link. (Essentially, include the Acts8 BLOGFORCE code in your post - I don't know why the result is so munged up at the bottom of this post - and send them an email including both the text of your pitch and a permanent link to your post.)
Of course, our elevator speech changes in response to the situation and changes as we go further in our faith journey. In that sense, it is a transitory thing, existing only for the moment it is uttered.
So here is my elevator speech at this moment. What's yours?
I am an Anglican. I belong to a community of faith that invites and welcomes all people on a journey to meet and to follow the Risen Jesus. Whoever you are, wherever you've come from, wherever you are on your journey of faith, you are welcome to journey with us.
We worship a God who loved us enough to become one of us, to live in solidarity with us, to experience the joys and the sorrows of our human existence in order to reconcile us to God and to each other. We come to know him in our fellowship and in the breaking of bread. Our worship is rooted in the ancient tradition of the Christian Church, yet we are fully engaged in the modern world.
Our God washes us clean in baptism. Our God feeds us with his body at communion. Our God loves us. Our God loves you.
May you know God's love as you continue on your journey today.