2006: The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like

For the past six years, The Ekklesia Project has gathered for three days to make and renew friendships around our common allegiance to Christ. Each Gathering includes presentations, prayer, discussions, impromptu parties, worship and much more. Gathering 2006 was our largest yet, with 188 registered participants and several more guests over the three days!

Gathering 2006 Theme

The theme of the 2006 Ekklesia Project Gathering was “‘The Kingdom of Heaven Is Like’: Imagining Our Life Together in Christ.”  The title calls to mind many passages from the gospel of Matthew, particularly chapter 13, but also 18:13, 20:1, 22:2, 25:1 and others.  Jesus described the coming kingdom in similes, metaphors and images.  As Matthew has it:  “All this Jesus said to the crowds in parables; indeed, he said nothing to them without a parable.  This was to fulfill what was spoken by the prophet:  ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter what has been hidden since the foundation of the world.” (Mt. 13:34)

Our intention in this gathering was to share and explore together the ways in which Christians imagine the life we are called to.  We recognize that one of the ways in which the powers and principalities hold us captive is by restraining our imagination, limiting our ability to see as God sees.  Part of the long and hard work of Christian formation lies in freeing the imagination from such enthrallment so we may learn to embody the coming kingdom.   Such formation comes in many ways: liturgy, prayer, study, shared labor, singing, the arts, and communal service to name some.  Drawing on the experience and witness of EP endorsers we wish to broaden this conversation.