waiting

i spent yesterday afternoon at MAP – the Melbourne Assessment Prison. MAP is in the melbourne cbd. i’ve passed it often and not realised that this innocuous brick building with landscaped edgings is a prison. this is the place where the men who are in the court processes wait… those on remand wait for their court cases, those who have been convicted wait for sentencing, those who have been sentenced wait to find out which prison they will be doing their time in.

for some the wait is short – ten days or so – for some it’s months.
there’s a different atmosphere in MAP to the other prisons. In the other prisons, there’s absolute certainty about the next years – which, of course, causes its own issues. In MAP there’s the anxiety of a completely unknown future – of there being numerous possible outcomes, and of those outcomes depending completely on other people.…

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…

this too will pass

i’ve said before that when i’ve been to the prisons, i’ve come away with this pervasive, inexplicable sense of hope. i didn’t have that yesterday. i spent the afternoon in the marlborough unit of port phillip prison – this is a maximum security unit for inmates with psych illnesses and intellectual disabilities. i left despairing.…