I am privileged to be in attendance at the Brickner Seminar where there is some phenomenal teaching, learning, and conversation taking place. Last night there was a great session from Jonathon Lange from the IAF who presented a brief overview of the organizing work that he does with congregations. The presentation started with the group attempting to define power in as short a definition as possible. We concluded, power is the ability to act. This is closely related to the Spanish word, poder, as in si se puede.
Power though, is now a dirty word. It seems we associate power with dominant power like those totalitarian regimes that ruled Europe in the mid-20th century. Power does not have to be this. We all need to claim power back. We have tremendous potential to make change when we do this. There is a lot more to be said here and I have a lot more thinking to do.
What do you think about the word power? What does it connote for you?