Sometimes, systems become inundated and outdated. Their
inevitable replacement is something we can only sit back and
wait for with bated breath. Other times, a machine will still
work fine if it is updated with the necessary parts and given
the old 're-boot'. Thus seems to be the case with Village
A few weeks back, a bit of an emergency meeting was held in
response to some uncertainty with VP and the lack of
commitment, desire, passion, focus and energy therein. At
that meeting, 8 of us talked about the tenants of what VP
should be about and how to go about pursuing that from
here. That meeting captivated the essence of what VP should
be - a place where dreams can be dreamed and a place where
we can all engage each other on a deeper level of Jesus-based
spirituality...and above all, a place where everyone within
can get to know each other beyond the usual daily banter.
Last week was the first follow up to this encouraging
meeting. A pot luck was held at the home of Marc Andre
Blier. There were 16 people. Testimonies were shared.
Food was consumed. The feeling was a little somber but
still exciting in the knowing that whatever comes out of VP
will take time before it grows and that if nothing else, we
are back on the right track.
My dream for VP is that it becomes a community of
well-being. A place where people can feel transparent to
share their burdens and a place where dreams are encouraged.
Ultimately, I don't know how long I will be around Ottawa but
I hope that VP will be around in this city for a long LONG
time. I hope that one day, media would approach the
community of VP and ask them why they are picking gum
up off the streets. I hope that one day, a volleyball and
mariokart tournament of love could happen where the whole
city could be invited and fed.
We are heading to Tatyanna's tonight for some more food,
dreaming and sharing. I'll keep you updated.
Maybe someday, many years from now, if there was ever an
album or a movie made about it, that my name would be in the
liner notes somewhere.