get real on africa - bono at the labour party conference
out of a few conversations at london zoo si johnston is sparking a few london groups to do something together in mission. and people trafficking/slavery is the issue. if you want to know more visit Protest4 and there is a weekend (29-31 oct) to start to get thinking and active with input from phil lane (an international expert on people trafficking); kester brewin (author of ‘the complex christ’) and andrew jones (aka tallskinnykiwi); a film and presentation from gareth higgins (author of ‘how movies helped save my soul’); music from foy vance; and worship with people from london zoo. the weekend will kick off at the church.co.uk centre at 7:00 pm on Friday the 29th.
CMS was started by a small group, the clapham sect, who among other things campaigned to abolish slavery... so when a few people get together on an isuue who knows what can happen?! sadly i'm away that weekend but will catch up on the action i'm sure....
fantastic discovery this weekend. i was trawling through a few links from my blog in bed on a sunday morning while jen was out for a run and noticed on the big chill web site that they have opened a new bar 10 minutes walk from liverpool street station. well joel and i had already planned to go to the barbican gallery to see the exhibition Communicate: British Independent Graphic Design since the Sixties (which b.t.w. was very good - no pictures though as they insisted you couldn't take photos which was a bit annoying). so we headed over to the bar... and it lives up to expectations...
chilled music DJed from midday to midnight | comfy sofas | board games available free over the bar | cheap and tasty food (made with freerange meat and eggs) | sunday papers | frindly atmosphere | free wi fi
all in all just like the vibe of the big chill. finding a bar with good food, chilled atmosphere, music at a volume where you can still hold a conversation and the kind of music you want to listen to is a harder challenge than you might think. later this afternoon (by which time we will have left sadly - heading back to ealing for gracelet) a man called adam is playing a set. if only we had something like this in ealing! i think this could become a regular haunt albeit it is on the far side of london. for all you travellers passing through london the knowledge that you can get free wi fi should be enough to tempt you over...
19 things walter brueggemann is thinking about as posted by geoff
1) Everyone lives by a script.
2) We get scripted through normal nurture and socialization.
3) The dominant script of our society is that of technological-therapeutic-mulitarist-consumerism.
4) This script promises safety and happiness.
5) This script has failed.
6) The health of our society depends on moving beyond this script, but doesn't want to.
7) [The task of Christian] Ministry must de-script this dominant script.
8) This task is accomplished thru alternative scripting, or the funding of a counter imagination.
9) This alternative script is funded by the scripture and tradition of the Church.
10) This alternative script is about the Triune God.
11) This alternative script is not monolithic, total, complete, but it is rather a rag-tag, disjunctive collection hinting at a hidden God.
12) This rag-tag script can't be smoothed out or domesticated (not even by systematic theologies/ians).
13) This script invites adherent of text to quarrel with each other.
14) The entree into this alternative script is Baptism.
15) The nurture/socialization of this counter script is the work of ministry.
16) Most of us are ambiguous about this alternative script. That is, we really want both scripts and vacillate between them.
17) The space of ambivalence toward scripts is the arena of the Spirit.
18) Ministry is the manager of this ambivalence.
19) The work of ministry is necessary because no one else but the church (and synagogue) is willing/able to enter this open of ambivalence.
you may well have seen this before, but it amused me today when someone sent it as an e-mail!
The following statements about the Bible were written by children in a school test.
1. In the first book of the Bible, Guinessis, God got tired of creating the world so he took the Sabbath off.
2. Adam and Eve were created from an apple tree. Noah’s wife was called Joan of Ark. Noah built an ark and the animals came on in pears.
3. Lot’s wife was a pillar of salt during the day, but a ball of fire during the night.
4. The Jews were a proud people and throughout history they had trouble with unsympathetic Genitals.
5. Sampson was a strongman who let himself be led astray by a Jezebel like Delilah.
6. Samson slayed the Philistines with the axe of the Apostles.
7. The Egyptians were all drowned in the dessert. Afterwards, Moses went up Mount Cyanide to get the ten amendments.
8. The first commandment was when Eve told Adam to eat the apple.
9. The seventh commandment is thou shalt not admit adultery.
10. Moses died before he reached Canada.
11. The greatest miricle in the Bible is when Joshua told his son to stand still and he obeyed him.
12. David was a hebrew king who was skilled at playing the liar.
13. Solomon, one of David’s sons, had 300 wives and 700 porcupines.
14. When Mary heard she was the mother of Jesus, she sang the Magna Carta.
15. Jesus was born because Mary had an immaculate contraption.
16. St John the blacksmith dumped water on his head.
17. It was a miricle when Jesus rose from the dead and managed to get the tombstone off the entrance.
18. The people who followed the lord were called the 12 decibels.
19. St Paul preached holy acrimony, which is another name for marriage.
20. Christians have only one spouse. This is called monotony.
only two weeks to go until alan hirsch and michael frost fly in from australia. i am so looking forward to them being here. i have gone on about this already so won't do so again at length. but briefly there are days in :
london - oct 4
birmingham - oct 7
sheffield - oct 8
if you book in advance it is £10, on the door it is £15 so book in advance!
hope to see some of you there. spread the word about it...
also if you are involved in alternative worship there is a london zoo event on sun evening oct 3 - a meal followed by a conversation on mission - 6pm onwards at st matthews church, westminster (home of moot). if you are interested in that you need to e-mail gareth as we need to know numbers in advance. he can send you more details. this doesn't just have to be for london alt worship groups. anyone else is welcome to travel down and join us. the format of the evening will be food, alan/michael presnting a challenge on mission that will hopefully give those of us in alt worship a kick up the missional backside, a couple of responses, then discussion/conversation on what it all means for us...
was at the scooter cafe today at lunchtime with si and gareth (best coffee in london in my view) and noticed this shrine behind the counter. the photo is on my phone so isn't great - but the shrine contains a picture of mary, coke bottle, a snow dome, a flower, some dried chillies, and a shiny goblet with a madonna and child on. weird combination eh? but probably typifies the mix of many peoples eclectic spirituality...
jason has posted a fascinating blog entry where is emergent going?...
it all sounds good to me. i especially liked the concern to widen the conversation globally. (that's been part of our concern at CMS as well).
we believe that postcolonial is a better, richer, more all-encompassing way to frame many of the issues we are grappling with. So, we are convinced that any theological conversation that doesn’t include global south and north as partners simply perpetuates colonial, modern, Euro-American Christianity. The global north/west needs to learn from the global south/east, and we want to link emerging leaders for that conversation and friendship. We have been working on this side of things for a couple of years, but we felt the time had come to shift significant resources in this direction.
Sebastião Salgado is embarking on the last of his great photographic projects, which will appear regularly in the Guardian Weekend over the next eight years. He is seeking out places that are still as pristine as they were in primeval times, places that provide hope. First stop, the Galápagos Island
when i started the blog i never knew what i was letting myself in for. i started the worship tricks as it seemed a good idea at the time and now there are 100 of them... hope you've enjoyed them, not sure whether i should call it a day there or carry on... thanks to everyone who has contributed to the list knowingly or unknowingly. i do have a link to a list of all the tricks on the left hand side of the blog
anyway worship trick 100 comes from the slow service. steve collins wrote a reflection, and we didn't have time (ironically) to hear it or see it before greenbelt. adam had sent a link to a video which i decided to play during steve's reading as i was putting together the visuals. it was one of those moments - breathtaking live how they went together - a divine 'coincidence'?
the video is here (approx 26mb) and the reading is:
reality is a static image, rolling past at 24 frames per second
if we slow the movie down, what will we see?
slow the projector in your head and lose the fluidity
embrace the flicker, the jerkiness
allow the frames of your life to disconnect and stop
now your life lies still in front of your eyes, what do you see?
play 'spot the difference' with each frozen moment
now you have time to examine carefully each corner and shadow
what details are revealed, that you always move too fast to see?
fleeting expressions and imperceptible gestures
betraying a truth not discerned
a turning you didn't take
another universe of futures, vanishing from sight
to us the stars stand still
but ancient eyes could not navigate by our skies
the north point of the sky moves in a circle 28000 years around
the north star we know is not the north star of our ancestors or descendants
they will see other constellations
does god see our lives the way we see the stars?
innumerable slow movements plotted and understood on charts long before the event
constellations drawn that serve for a while and break up
how slow is reality for god?
what do fast and slow mean in eternity
where every tiny moment and endless age are available for detailed inspection
a day like a thousand years, and a thousand years like a day
if we slow down do we see more like god sees?
see all the details
creation's crazy minutiae
who would have time to see all that stuff except god?
is that why there's so much of it?
how quickly does salvation come?
if we slowed our lives down would we see every step and progression?
or would its detail still evade us
a blur of motion in the shadows of a static frame
a frozen block in the centre of the movie?
if we slow down will we see what god sees?
will we see what god is doing?
have you ever tried?
took the greenbelt service theme of slow only this time it was less of a rush so we could linger with the various parts of the service. good to be back into action for what feels like a new season. we are going to be spending some time rethinking grace and where we are headed. one of the changes is that we are moving the gracelet service on the fourth sunday back to the church. we have been meeting in peoples houses for a meal and prayer and bread and wine. but we have decided to try it back at the church. so if you are around on the fourth sunday of the month feel free to join us at 8pm for gracelet which is a smaller scale short service. it will often be a communion/eucharist but we haven't planned the details yet.