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As a non-Gloucester curate who has lobbied (unsuccessfully) for something like this in our diocese I can only say I'm envious of the opportunity they had. (I know Mark personally and the others virtually).

It is interesting though the reaction to using modern music as part of the liturgy. Some "traditionalists" dive in and find real depth to it, whilt others really struggle (usually with some graciousness about it). I try to get people to think what things in our typical services might make other people react negatively.


In my blog entry one year ago on Whale Rider, I wondered: What if the only way to save the old ways is to break them?


I didn't "do" modern music at all (believe it or not, I guess I "came to faith" via Choral Evensong in Cambridge colleges!) till i discovered alt. worship...but am really enjoying having my horizons widened in all directions, and now have some CDs in my collection that I would never have imagined owning.
Not sure that you really needed to know that, but I suppose there is something around growing that is worth considering.
Anyway, it was a great weekend; thank you so much.

John Davies

Good to read your positive view of church leadership. Good to know of events like that which sustain and grow such leadership.

Less good to reflect on so many curates' experiences of having the creativity and energy squeezed out of them by the institution and other individuals within it; and of the church's present toxic climate which is driving otherwise warm, open, and diverse young leaders underground through fear and vulnerability.

We have a real struggle ahead to ensure your 'good snapshot of the future of the church' becomes an enduring image rather than a missed opportunity. And those at the heart of this struggle, often feeling isolated, need regular affirmation; thanks for helping with that.

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