A dollar and a dream

Categories:Theology
Kirstin Vander Giessen-Reitsma

The other day, I heard a radio ad promoting the local Powerball lottery. “All you need is a dollar and a dream!”
Especially in the context of the hard work we’ve been doing lately to raise funds for Huss School, I was struck by the linking of a dollar and a dream. I mean, we have something in common with the state lottery, right? We’re trying to invite people to take a risk on something they deeply hope for, something with a very real financial cost. And at the same time, there’s a very important difference.
We are not promising personal riches to one lucky winner, but seeking abundance for many, especially those who are poor in spirit, in power, in dollars, in influence, in imagination.
We are not asking our contributors to pick the right numbers in a carefully regulated game of chance, but to give without the expectation of reward and trust that a creative, life-giving vision will flourish where they plant the seed.
Rather than a gamble in which there are winners and losers, it’s an exercise in imagination wherein we all have a role to play to the best of our abilities.
We’ll continue to extend invitations for new contributors to this project through every means we have available to us. In the meantime, would it be inappropriate to remind you that you can’t win if you don’t play?
Monthly contributions are greatly needed to sustain the work that’s been begun at Huss School in Three Rivers, as well as the ongoing publishing and educational work of *culture is not optional. Please consider becoming a monthly donor or making a one-time donation.

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Kirstin is a member of the *culture is not optional core community and is the Head Caretaker at GilChrist Retreat Center.