Class Reunions are Time Travel!

As many of you know, I love Doctor Who and the Tardis. The Tardis can travel anywhere in time and space. Wouldn’t that be so cool to jump into a British 1950s Police Box and travel in time.  This last week I didn’t travel in a Tardis, but I did travel in a Tardis Blue rental car in a sort of time travel event. I went to my 40th High School Class reunion.

I graduated from Caribou High School, Caribou, Maine 40 years ago (I know I don’t look that old). I literally graduated on a Friday and the following weekend left home to start college.  Over the years I have not been able to attend our previous class reunions. Because of the distance from anywhere in the world to Caribou, I didn’t often come for visits.

This was the first reunion, for me, in 40 years. Thanks to the magic of Facebook, I have over the past few years reconnected with a few.  Most of my classmate I had not seen since graduation night.  So, in a way I did time travel a bit.

Being this was my first reunion I would like to share a few things that I learned about class reunions:

  • Class reunions can be fun. The planning team did a great job of planning several events where people could sit, talk and catch up. This also include a “paint party” where we all tried to paint a Maine lighthouse.
  • Reunions are about the people not about the food. We had potatoes a lot.
  • The personalities we develop as children and youth stay with us as we grow as adults. People change but those little things that creates your personality stay with you.
  • Going back gets easier the longer you have been gone.
  • You don’t always recognize people (especially after 40 years) but it is okay to say that you don’t.
  • Music of the 70’s was really great music.
  • People are interesting. They have fascinating and touching and lovely stories.
  • I wish I had more time to listen to  more stories.

Stories are important. We learn much about our community when we listen to the stories.

In our Discernment Process, Discovering and Connecting the Pieces of our Church’s Stories, there is one component called “Listening Posts”. This is the time when small groups gather to listen and share their stories about the church’s life and community.  I encourage the facilitators and planning teams to not rush through this section of the process.

When we listen deeply to each other’s stories of faith we can hear the places where the Holy Spirit has been at work in our lives as a congregation and faith community and we hear where God calls us to be in mission and ministry.

When we listen to the stories, we can hear God speak to us.