As an intern with a grand total of 6 months under my belt as a part of MFSA, I feel incredibly privileged to be sitting here at the spring board meeting. If I were ever going to sit through a board meeting I can’t imagine an organization I’d rather do it for. And that’s because the very first thing on the agenda was simply this: Dream.
That’s what this organization began with over 100 years ago—the dream of a just church and a just world. So all these years later, what are we dreaming?
We are dreaming of the day when MFSA exists not as a group advocating for justice but as a group that monitors the justice that has already been brought about.
We are dreaming of a global justice, where people are connected and respected across broken-down barriers of age, gender, sexuality, class, and race.
We are dreaming of people partnering across party lines and ideology to work for justice and peace in every corner of the world.
We are dreaming of reconciliation and equality between the oppressor and the oppressed, the colonizer and the colonized, the abuser and the abused.
We are dreaming of the day when there is no “us” and “them,” a day when there is no “other.”
We are dreaming of honest dialogues where the goal is not “I want to change you,” but “I want to hear you.”
But even as we dream, we remember—our last name is Action. This meeting is just one part of the action that we take in our work for justice. Unless we continue to take action every day, in ways big and small, we’ll be dreaming the same dreams 100 years from now.
Heather Kramer is a second year Masters of Divinity and Masters of Theological Studies student at Wesley Theological Seminary in Washington, DC., where she is also the youth minister at Dumbarton United Methodist Church and an intern at the Methodist Federation for Social Action (MFSA). In her free time (ha!) she tries to read, work for justice, and blogs at The Story I Find Myself In.