IMAGO| \ i-ˈmä-(ˌ)gō : an idealized mental image of another person or the self
Questions about “What does it mean to be human?” are at the forefront of culture today. All around us we hear echoes of this theme in questions such as:
- Is gender binary?
- Can technology replace my need for human interaction?
- Is a life filled with pain and suffering worth living?
- Are all humans created equal?
How can we better love our neighbours and continue to point them to Jesus in the midst of pressing issues such as gender, sexuality, race, and technology? How can we better enter into the conversation that our friends and classmates are already having by embodying the love of Christ?
The term IMAGO comes from the Latin, imago Dei, which means “the image of God”, first mentioned in Genesis 1. We believe that being able to answer these deep questions of identity will need to come from a biblical understanding of our human identity being rooted in the imago Dei, in combination with a loving, humble, and empathetic posture.
What will we be doing?
We will come together in communal living to consider how a vision of true humanity unfolds in the biblical story. We will also learn how the gospel speaks to the most pressing issues of our culture. Our time will include biblical teachings, group discussion, as well as experiential activities and volunteer service in the community meant to reveal assumptions that hinder us from understanding and embracing our own humanity. We will interact with various representatives in our community who may share opposing views on these pressing topics, seeking to grow in our ability to listen, understand, humanize, and love others.
Mornings – Prayer, Bible study, and Theological Group Training times.
Afternoons – Engagement with community members including volunteering or experiential field trips designed to challenge paradigms of how we view others. May involve meetings with members of marginalized communities in which we seek to learn from their stories.
Evenings – Group debriefing and reflection on afternoon activities as we continue to expand our understanding of the questions “What does it mean to be human?”
Come on the Journey
Do you want to expand your understanding of what it means to be created in the image of God? Do you want to grow in your capacity to empathize and relate to those around you?
Are you interested in learning how to connect the gospel to everyday conversations about our human identity and experience?
Join us this summer for an immersive learning experience as together we consider the question “What does it mean to be human?”
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org