apparently, all you have to do is ask…

we have a new group that’s meeting for the first time in a couple of weeks. it’s the initiative of a colleague who works in a management role in our community services unit, who asked me whether we could start something for people (like her) who are really interested in exploring ‘something’ christian, but won’t walk into a church (you wouldn’t believe how many times i’ve heard that comment!). i said that all we needed was to find a few likeminded people to hang out with… she came back that afternoon and said that she already had eight…

she’d emailed through her contacts, quite randomly, and invited people who she thought had some kind of ‘spiritual’ inkling. she sent them a paragraph of an article i’ve written for The Age newspaper this weekend, and said that she wanted a community to explore faith like this with, and maybe they did too. they all emailed back and said yes – though most of them also said that they had no idea why they were saying yes! this is an all female group – most of them have had negative experiences with the church, they largely work in not-for-profit organisations, and are in senior or management positions. they want to change the world. maybe they’re looking for faith that is serious about that too.

we’re meeting for the first time just before Pentecost, over dinner at the moroccan soup bar. i have no idea how this will go… though i was just thinking that we might begin the conversation with this.


  1. I have a seminary prof who is writing a book about all of the huge events in Christian history that have taken place on or quite near pentecost. Tongues of Fire indeed.

    Your poem rocks may I post it on my blog with credit due?

  2. Cheryl

    i just sent you an email!

    i’d be honoured if you’d put it on your blog.

  3. Kel

    Cheryl, this is an inspiring post.
    I look forward to reading your article in the Age, and wish we’d had a chance to meet before I left Melbourne.

  4. Cheryl

    Kel – someone was talking to me about you the other day… wish i’d met you too! One day we will. i love your blog, it inspires great dreams…

    my article is called “God in a red dress”. I’m not sure if they’ll put it up on the website, if not i’ll put it up here next week.

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