- Re-potted plants
- New neighbors
- New view
- Cleared out files
- New coffee shops/restaurants to check out
My plants now have a cool ledge on my exposed brick wall with huge windows and they are so happy. I might get cataracts – there’s so much sun in there. Considering wearing sunglasses all day long to compliment the loft-esque qualities of our cool new space, since I’m feeling kind of hipster now.
Instead of being the only folks in the building, we now share space with assorted secular entities. Our neighbors include a University of Illinois-Chicago office, a computer software company, and a pizza restaurant. There are others too, but I haven’t met them yet. On move-in day, I had the following elevator conversation with a guy named Steve:
Me: Hi. We are the new neighbors.
Steve: Hi. I’m Steve. I work for UIC.
Me: Hi Steve. I’m Jan. I work for The Presbytery of Chicago.
Steve: Hi Jan. What’s the Presbytery of Chicago?
Me: We work for the Presbyterian Church.
Me: It’s part of the church. The whole church. Like a diocese, only Protestant. And we don’t have bishops.
Steve: So you’re Catholic?
Me: No. We’re Protestant. Presbyterians. The ones who protested the practices of the Church back in the 16th Century.
(We have now left the elevator and are standing outside in the wind.)
Steve: ? So, you’re like a non-profit?
Me: Yes, we’re like a non-profit.
Really. This was our exact conversation. (Note to friends: nobody cares that we are part of the church.)
We now have a new view which reminds us every day that there is a big world out there that doesn’t care that we are part of the church.
We have shredded literally tons of paper. I read many of those files before they were shredded and now I understand – even better than before – why the institutional church has issues.
Just as Jesus set his face towards Jerusalem, we have set our faces in a new direction. We hope it results in resurrection.