Transitions always bring with them challenges and learning, but above all they are an opportunity for us to know ourselves.
It’s been three months since we began the fourth cycle of Seed Colombia; and we appreciate that even though we’ve already experienced other cycles, each team is different, each person brings with them a richness of culture and of experiences that allows us to grow and understand how diverse, large, and complex the world is.
When I see how diverse we are within the team, I think of the disciples and of this social experiment that Jesus did when he brought together 12 people so diverse, with such different experiences and life decisions; maybe it’s something that MCC is betting on with the Seed program, bringing together people from different parts of the world, promoting spaces of reflection, service, and mutual transformation, a task that is not easy but that we are trying to do by being so diverse and by promoting uncomfortable conversations and reflections about power, violence, gender, the church, the context and the effect of the policies of our countries of origin on, in this case, the Colombian context.
Estanislao Zuleta, a Colombian thinker, affirmed that, “What is most difficult, what is most important, what is most necessary, what must by all means be attempted, is to conserve the will to fight for a different society without falling into a paranoid interpretation of that struggle. What is difficult, but what is also essential, is to positively value respect and difference, not as a lesser evil or as an inevitable fact, but rather as what enriches life and propels creation and thought, without which an imaginary community of the righteous would sing an eternal hosanna of satisfied boredom. We must put a big question mark over the value of what is easy; not only over it’s consequences, but also over the thing itself, over the predilection for all that does not demand an overcoming from us, nor puts ourselves into question, nor obligates us to rise to our possibilities.” Then, as the Seeders go to live in historically marginalized communities in Colombia, when, in place of arriving to do and to make things, we arrive to listen, to know, and to learn from the communities and their struggles, we are opting for the longer and not-so-easy road, we are challenging ourselves to unlearn, to break, and to also affirm and construct who we are and how we can be who we are, and we are opening ourselves to “rise to our possibilities.”
We’ve started the fourth cycle of Seed and already everyone finds themselves getting to know their communities; we will continue sharing with you the reflections and learning that we gain by taking risks for what is difficult, what is sometimes not so logical or obvious.