Seven years ago I became aware of a vision, a passion - a dream - growing within me. A manifesto of sorts from Him who Is; entrusted to me so I might play my role. Since that time, I have had difficulty describing what has been happening within me, but a few things are clear. I've been gripped by laser-like purpose or direction daily. Passion for specific arenas has not only birthed in me but kept me warm, focusing my attentions and will. A desire for relevancy through a heightened missional attitude is shaping my thoughts and actions.
Life has been different.
Dreamers of the Day is the name which has emerged to convey the sentiment behind the occurrences expressed above. 'Dreamers' (as I'll refer to it) was developing in me for some time before I became aware of it. As usually occurs in one's life, many experiences have shaped Dreamers into what it is today. Through work within full-time Christian vocational circles (appropriate descriptors elude me), various levels of concert promotion and a family life outside of what could be called 'good' - a vision for life-long service was born.
What is Dreamers of
the Day? In brief, an opportunity. Dreamers is an opportunity extended
to each one of us to re-evaluate, refocus, rest - an opportunity to be
refreshed, renewed and re-created. Much like the recently coined 'emerging
church' [not a] movement, Dreamers affords us a "contemplative repose
before the forward charge". To borrow from a popular and oft-quoted
major film, what we do equates to a "moment of clarity" in our frequently
Faith oftentimes is conveyed overtly and in predetermined absolute dictates. In musical terms, we could say many approach the arena of faith with forte and not so much with piano. Our efforts to communicate such wildly cataclysmic, captivating, formative encounters are dwarfed by the Realities themselves . . but we continue. Such foundational and meaningful certitudes should not only captivate but destroy, and ultimately rebuild us into our truer selves.
Culture, simply speaking,
is what's left behind in the business of living - like the lingering fragrance
of a swiftly consumed pizza. It's inextricably bound to our existence
as humans, finding it's origins in our lives and carrying on our legacy
after we've departed our single attempt at living. Culture (or what we
call culture) is an interpretation - the nomenclature of introspection
- of our own existence and our desire for meaning within it.
Those of us involved with Dreamers believe there exists a natural and honest way to become the Salt and Light of our Commission. It's to lead a life of integrity, service and love while seeking to discover, develop and employ our God-given gifts. Everyone is gifted in some area. Everyone has a passion of some description. Deep within we all desire to be a part of something bigger than ourselves. Dreamers exists to raise awareness of the life-altering Love pursuing each of us and enable individuals to discover their unique 'telos' (purpose) / vocation, while empowering them to develop within it. An intimate, on-going relationship with our Creator, Lover, and Sustainer is the first and foundational concern. As mentioned earlier, art maintains a key position - both in the process of formation into our truer selves and in the effectual dissemination of a life lived in passionate pursuit of the One passionately pursuing us.
I want to see people on fire. I don't mean with ego-centric interest, but an unflinching commitment to love the 'other' and to express it with relevancy, integrity and creativity. I want to see people captivated and consumed by Jesus Christ - living their lives with passion and purpose. Dreamers of the Day does not offer a quick-fix life programme or even guarantee a positive (subjectively speaking) experience. What we offer is an opportunity to see new horizons, discover fresh perspectives and initiate a 'new way to be human'. This is accomplished by various means.
Dreamers events generally follow a retreat style format. People gather for an extended period of time and offer themselves up to the implicit and explicit benefic elements within the devoted time. Evocative messengers (speakers), art workshops, discussion forums and discovery sessions in the spiritual exercises make up much of our time together. We do like to leave a lot of breathing room. Individuals attending can make use of opportunities for rest, reflection, silence and solitude. Spontaneity is vital and often lends itself to late night discourses, musical sessions, collaborative projects or exploration of surrounding attractions. Art for purchase, media recommendations and stimulating articles find their place in our online home. Our desire is that after engaging with Dreamers of the Day at an event or online people are inspired, not deadened - resolute and hopeful for change in the most salvific sense.
Are you hungry? Hungry for something fulfilling . . satisfying? Are you tired of religious drama and spiritual actors? Tired of too many superficial encounters. Are you willing to embark on a difficult, but surprisingly joyful journey? Are you looking for others to journey with who are also seeking, searching and falling forward? We are too. Come join us.
For more information, see our steadily evolving presence on the web at www.dreamtoday.org.