Hollis is a young woman whom I met at my local church. She’s a theatre artist and educator, extremely gifted, and thanks to social media I get to keep up with the great exploits of her life. We met this winter to talk through some challenges she faced and I reminded her of a hashtag she frequently mentions in her posts: #HollisWasHere. I invited her in that moment to change the way she saw the problem she experienced as an actual opportunity to create a solution that would change the culture of that place. Opportunity for her to leave a lasting mark there, opportunity to say, #HollisWasHere.
In reimagining our neighbors and neighborhoods the same mindset applies. We are called to leave a lasting impression which exclaims, #TheChurchWasHere.