In front of a couple of roaring fires in the hearth on a cold winter’s night in Melbourne, a great crew of people from all walks of life came together to be part of our Justice on the Streets Truthlab. We were well warmed up by Joel McKerrow as he passionately poured forth a poetic call to people who seek justice and wholeness for our fellow human beings, rather than just fire ideological bullets from either side of the fence! He reminded us that we all have a beat that can sound a message of hope to on the streets on which we live and to a broken world.
Jon Owen, from UNOH’s team in Mt Druitt, shared stories and reflections that made those listening laugh and cry in equal measure as he painted a beautiful picture of the upside down kingdom coming through lived stories and a reflection on the widow’s mite passage in Mark 12. It was such a powerful reminder and encouragement of the way God is working in the mess and confusion of the real world to bring signs of redemption and justice in the lives of people we cross paths with every day.
Finally a fantastic session of interaction between the audience and our panel gave a great space to further unpack the themes and message shared and some great questions were asked and insights shared around what it actually means and looks like for us to follow Jesus into our neighbourhoods. It was great to see a range of different generations and cultures engage in this discussion together and some really valuable reflections emerged! Plenty of people said it had really been an encouraging and challenging night that had motivated them to continue to take steps to expressing a radical discipleship. Perfect!