by Peggy Hahn, LEAD Executive Director
Just try something new.
What if we stopped asking “What is the worst that could happen?” and started asking “What amazing thing might happen?”
This is the leadership mindset* that opens us up to God moving through us and our world. Imagine the possibilities if we started experimenting our way into the future!
It may be surprising, but this adaptive work is not new. In fact, the term “Holy Experiment” originated with William Penn in 1681.
Penn thought everything would be possible in the New World, unlike in the England of his time, with The Holy Experiment in Pennsylvania.
Friends, we are in a new world. What if Penn is right? What if he was prophetic and the time is now? What if everything IS possible?
First, a brief history lesson…
- Fair treatment for Native Americans
- No military
- A new approach to governance
- Freedom of religion
- An enlightened penal code where prison was to reform, not only to punish
- Work for everyone
- Education for everyone, girls and boys
- A widened franchise where all men could vote [unfortunately, women were not yet included]
- Town planning for healthy living with wide public squares and parks
What are our aspirations that could turn into Holy Experiments? Whose permission do you need to try stuff? What if you start small and just do it?
If you are not sure where to start, remember Penn and start with love.
*For more about leadership mindset and moving from a judger to a learner mindset, I highly recommend Change your Questions, Change Your Life, by Marilee Adams. It’s a very accessible book that will change the way you listen and ask questions not just at work, but in your everyday life as well.