Cultural Encounters: A Journal For The Theology Of Culture Volume 11 Number 1 (Winter 2015) - Page 18

GOSPEL WITNESS - Smith I was at a domestic violence conference, and we were asked the question, what would you like to see in twenty years? And everybody said, more hotlines and more shelters; and nobody said, less violence. We actually had forgotten why we were there, and if we had remembered, we would have dumped a lot of things we were doing because they weren’t leading to less violence. So, having a long-term vision is critical. And, as I mentioned before, how can we create different structures, a different society, if we can’t even imagine it? Unless we start to imagine it, we don’t even have a possibility of starting to build it. We may not be able to build it in our generation, but the future generations can take it to places we can’t even imagine now. As Dylan Rodriguez puts it, “Our job is to think the unthinkable, imagine the unimaginable, and make the impossible a reality.” Thank you. (Applause) So are there any comments, disagreements, complaints, or thoughts? Woman #1: I just had a quick clarifying question: for your disability stats, are we talking about physical disabilities or physical and mental or . . . Smith: All disabilities. Woman #2: I worked directly in higher education for a while, but I’ve done some consulting, and it seems that when you present the opportunity for change and, almost more recently, when you tell them how to go about the change, then they’re really into brainstorming. But if you don’t present that opportunity, they don’t always seem to be really initiating on their own. That’s what I have found. Smith: Yeah, because a lot of times it’s not that people wouldn’t want it, but they don’t see how it’s possible. Other thoughts on this topic? Or any things you’ve tried in terms of rethinking education? Any thoughts on anything else? Women #3: I was just going to say that you are such a breath of fresh air, because you’ve stated in your presentation things that we see all the time and have tried to deal with: how to think out of the box, to be able to really allow the love of God to transform us to the way he wants us to be, to be able to reach everyone. And yet, we’re still in the stress mode of trying to save those that are in the situation that you described. So thank you for being here. Smith: Can you share a little bit about the work you’re doing or how you see yourself trying to think outside the box in your context? 17