Yesterday this photo landed in my in-box. It's a photo of my model of the future of BMS!
I'm sure it's not as metaphorical/symbolic as the facilitator might have liked but hey ho, it was fun and it enabled me think via a different expression... Apparently 70% (or was it 80?) of our neurones link to our hands, so we can 'think with our hands' because 'our hands know stuff'. Fascinating!
Can you see a tiny translucent red brick at the back? To one side is a man of colour wearing a hard hat, and to the other a rainbow tower with a person standing on the top of it. We were asked to place the small red brick next to some part of our model that we felt was essential for BMS going forward.
My little man in the hard hat (who I took down from his seat on the elephant so he could stand next to the red block - cheating but don't tell anyone) is Jesus, a worker-Christ, a Christ-of-Colour, a Christ who gets his hands dirty in the midst of a messy and messed up world. The tower is a rainbow, with all that rainbows signify, from Biblical hope to LGBTQI+. The point of the tower with the person on the top is that BMS is willing to act as a voice for those who have no voice, those on the margins, and the multi-coloured tower is more than a rainbow, it is a way of expressing diversity-in-unity that all cultures, all people, can learn with and from each other and are stronger together. Think Magnificat; think Nazareth manifesto.
All the other characters/animals/objects have meanings that are part of what BMS is/should be about - and all of those arise from central concept of the multi-ethnic worker Christ who listen to those on the margins and, learning from and working with all peoples, and helping them learn from and work with each other.
And that, my friends, is Serious LEGO.