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Pam Smith

Still trying to get my head round this - because I don't know a lot about CMS - but it sounds as if it could be very exciting, especially for the future development of the whole fresh expressions strand in the C of E.

kate c

"These communities coming from across the spectrum of church RADITIONS are discovering the religious life to be a missionary imperative." is that like a radiacal tradition

Paul Roberts

Sorry to cut to the chase, but does this mean you don't have to go to church any more Jonny?

jonny

ha! i still have a text message on my phone that jen sent me the day that harry got into twyford school (a church of england school that requires rigid church attendance to get in) which said 'we never have to go to church again!'...
so go freely now :-)

Karen Ward

Jonny, with this description, I feel like a member of CMS. Do you take folk from the U.S? CMS.USA?

Rob

this is exciting and good news - shows things are slowly moving in the right direction!

Simon

Yes, CMS, aka a Community of Mission Service is changing and has changed- painful for some, but an exciting re-focussing of intent and direction which really re-affirms what historically it was always meant to be when founded 200 years ago - a community of those seeking to life out a mission life, rather than an 'institution' or 'mission agency' (horrible tag). It's interesting to consider how the renewal of the religious life in the C of E blossomed in the 19th century, alongside the Oxford Movement. Many of those communities, sadly many in decline now due to lack of vocations, were truly Catholic and Evangelical - seeking to live out a mission-focussed life in some of the toughest places in the UK - 'Sharing Jesus, Changing Lives', as CMS strapline goes. Plus ca change ...?

My youngest got a place at Twyford a few weeks ago, and I sent a similar text to my wife ... somehow I suspect it will be easier for her to stop, than me (for those of you who know me!), but it's a thought (temptation?) that crosses my mind, often.

CMS

Not sure you HAVE to go to church anyway, but strength in numbers is surely a good thing? Support from those around you is more or less relevant depending on how strong your own relatioship with God is I suppose.

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