sacred spaces and Fowler’s stage 5

i’m in the midst of writing proposals and rationales… i always think it’s going to be mindnumbing work, but it never is. it’s by doing this kind of thing that the missing connections always come together in my mind. until the last few weeks, the majority of people who got in contact with me were…

alt worship at wisdom’s feast [and a bit about singing…]

this is a pdf of the keynote presentation i used in the alt worship workshop over the last few days at wisdom’s feast. it’s a 6mb file and there are a few things that won’t make sense from the pdf – images that turned into movies, etc. altworship_wisdomsfeast.pdf it also doesn’t have explanatory notes –…

filling in some gaps

One of the questions that is filling lots of conversations i’m part of at the moment is whether we should try to talk people back into the church (or change the church to make people want to stay), or whether there’s life beyond the church and christian faith. i’ve become quite nervous about naming where…

emergent

i’m reading The Complex Christ again… i decided when i first read the book, 12 months ago, that i’d read it when i’d been in the job a while and had some more reference points.

this quote fills me with hope (and challenge)…

“My problem with many of these ‘Emerging Church’ projects is that they are still attempting to bring church up to date by ‘trainspotting’ some aspect of culture and making church fit it. I want to argue that in the ‘Emergent Church’ the emphasis will be on being the train, rather than trainspotting: rather than trying to import culture into church and make it ‘cool’, we instead need to become ‘wombs of the divine’ and completely rebirth the Church into a host culture.” – p.71

wombs of the divine…