One of the best ideas to come out from our strategic planning meeting last month was the neighborhood block party. We planned on having four for the year, and we already had two last weekend and one planned for July 4th weekend. And now our local churches want to do the same, and some asking KCAMP to help them reach their neighbors.
I had a conversation with one of the host neighbors last week about how counter cultural it is to much of our LA culture to have neighbors hanging out with each other, knowing, trusting, and helping one another. I know it’s a larger symptom of the shadow side of our independent American spirit, where loneliness and isolation is the norm. But the irony is deeper in a dense city like our own.
And as I experienced our own block party, I got a vision of a pretty good end result for these block parties: my block which is usually empty of residents being outside had people walking back and forth in their front yards, laughing with one another, talking out on the street, and making plans together for future interactions.
The Kingdom is like, as Tony Campolo famously said, “a party.” An apt metaphor. I think our parties are a foretaste of that Kingdom life.