Things that have surprised me this year… (part 1)

  • How much the church wants things to be different, but wants what is different to still be the same…
  • The number of people who have rung – out of the blue, completely out of any context – to see where they can find a non-religious, vaguely Christian sacred / reflective space… and the number of those people who are older women… and the number of those older women who describe themselves as Buddhist…
  • How terrifying it is for so many people (even those who quite like the idea of church) to cross the door of a church. I knew the invisible wall was thick. I didn’t realise so many find it terrifyingly impenetrable…
  • How good it is to be working in the city.