Living Grace is a crowd-sourced visual project for contemporary yearnings for Christ. It is a video competition to unleash the creative potential of young adults (18-30) through expressing gospel-centered stories of journey, reconciliation, and community through 1-3 minute videos. These stories, told by young adults for young adults, will bring to life God’s ongoing work in creation as a part of the larger biblical narrative.

The Challenge:

Create a compelling 1-3 minute video story of journey, reconciliation or community. Winning videos will creatively utilize story-telling, biblical themes and visual media to generate intriguing demonstrations of God’s movement in the world through people and communities. Requirements are intentionally few: videos are under three minutes, primary producers of videos are young adults, stories told are genuine and truthful, and biblical themes are integrated in a theologically sound way. Participants are free to dream, imagine, and create fresh ways of revealing and releasing God’s goodness in the world.

Winners will be selected in each category and will receive cash prizes of $3,000 each. We want to amplify your voice and share your stories. Submit your video today.

Journey

Every person has a story; a story about who they are, pivotal moments in their life, and transformational experiences that shaped them into the person they are today. Yet one of the temptations of modern life, and especially in a frenetic digital-age, is for us to believe there is NO story, just one darned thing after another. Or we are tempted to fear that suffering and decay have no possibility for redemption.

Christians see our lives as a journey, beginning with God’s love for us and moving us toward love for God. We are created by God and loved by God, and called to turn from the brokenness of our world and our own lives toward the love of God revealed in the resurrected Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit. We discover nourishment for this journey from sin to maturity along the way, what John Wesley called means of grace: worship, Bible study, prayer, holy communion, service to the poor and Christian conversation. These forms of nourishment help us live through suffering and discover new forms of joy and love. They help us discover the faithful creativity and imagination for telling the stories of our lives in the light of God’s love.

The goal of our journey is to live a life that flourishes in the way God intended for us, with the kind of faithfulness that shines forth in the lives in those we call “saintly.” Through a 1-3 minute video, share a story of your or others’ journey and how God is shaping and re-shaping people for holy living.

Reconciliation

We are painfully aware of the divisions in our world, in our relationships, and in our own lives. Fortunately, we also know that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself. As people who have experienced God’s reconciling love, Christians are called to be ambassadors of reconciliation, of healing and of radical forgiveness, mercy, and grace. Reconciliation involves addressing and overcoming the various sinful divisions human beings tend to create: with other groups, with other people, and in our own lives.

As John Wesley noted, while we cannot all think alike, we should be able to forgive and love alike. We encourage one another to unlearn our sin and learn to live in love. This involves embracing the diversity that God created, seeing others as gifts to be received and engaged, even as we also embrace accountability in our relationships.

We want to uncover stories of reconciliation in our world. Through a 1-3 minutes video, share your personal experiences of reconciliation or communities you know committed to reconciliation

Community

Community is a place of belonging. Community is sharing life, meals, possessions and experiences. True community is celebrating joys and enduring hardship with one another. God created us for relationships in community, with God and with one another. And we discover life abundant in thriving communities that are signs, foretastes, and instruments of God’s Reign.

We learn how to become fully human through communities that help us unlearn habits that diminish and destroy others and ourselves, and help us learn to live faithful lives. We flourish through “holy friendships” in which people help us to challenge the sins we have come to love, affirm the gifts we are afraid to claim, and dream dreams we otherwise wouldn’t have dreamed. And we help them do those things as well.

The hard part of living out one’s faith is embodying this powerful form of community. While Christians repent of our sin and claim the forgiveness of God and while sin no longer reigns in our hearts, it still remains in our lives. Thus, the strong ties of community that should bind Christians together in love are often absent.

These problems of lack of community have always existed, but they have taken new forms in modernity and the changing patterns of communication due to technological innovation. Christians are now called to practice “traditioned innovation” in developing new forms of community, fresh expressions of the Gospel, as means of grace.

Through a 1-3 minute video, describe a vibrant Christian community and the lives transformed through it.