Close your eyes a moment. Take a deep, imaginative breath, and give your heart good space to answer this question: What would a world without walls look like? Without geo-political walls that separate nation-states. Without societal walls that produce class, gender, racial difference. Without internal walls that produce shame, isolation, and fear of vulnerability?
Poet and theologian Gloria Anzaldua says that the “The U.S-Mexican border es una herida abierta where the Third World grates against the first and bleeds. And before a scab forms it hemorrhages again, the lifeblood of two worlds merging to form a third country — a border culture.” It is at these walls, these borders, these boundaries of our lives that we discover there is great pain, great suffering, and still somehow, great imagination.
The book of Acts invites us to that kind of imagination. As the early church sought to tear down walls, scale walls, re-imagine walls, and establish new and unexpected ways of being together in the world, they experienced what theologian Dr. Willie Jennings calls “a revolution of the intimate,” or, a world without walls.