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: safe space to : breath : think : seek : reflect : question : listen : watch : wait : pray : journey : hold : doubt : explore : speak : eat : walk : stop : relax : feel : touch : love : scream : cry : laugh : run : hide : try : hope : reach for god :
Interests: Mark's interests... Music (Soul, R&B - 60's, Ska, Jazz, Indie, Trip hop/Break beat/Dub etc., World dance + anything else that takes my fancy), playing Bass, Guitar & the Computer, Theatre and the Arts, Culture, Vespa Scooters along with most things Mod, Mountains, Derby County FC, Single Malt Whisky (esp. Laphroaig, Lagavulin and Talisker) and Theology... oh yes and my wife and son ;-) Jem's interests... Sport (especially football, cricket and golf), Music (Celtic stuff, especially Iona), Great landscapes, Travel, doing all the above with others!
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Inspired by Paula Gooder's - This Risen Existence RS Thomas - "Suddenly" As I had always known he would come, unannounced, remarkable merely for the absence of clamour. So truth must appear to the thinker; so, at a stage of... Continue reading
Posted May 12, 2011 at way out west
Tonight we are getting all crafty and celticy ;-) weaving St Brigid's crosses - using themes from Brigidine sister Rita Minehan (found here) - reeds are added one by one going anti clockwise we say a line of prayer... we... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2011 at way out west
Co:missioning prayer In the name of the divine and mysterious Trinity, You have called us into being through love. You have joined us to one another in love. You have placed us in your world to love. Grant each one... Continue reading
Posted Apr 9, 2011 at way out west
I dreamed about "priesthood" last night... probably a hangover from a conversation with the Pioneer Ministry students yesterday (and a FB chat with a friend who shall remain nameless - unless he chooses to name himself in the comments)... however... Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2011 at way out west
Listen to my prayer, O God, do not ignore my plea; hear me and answer me. My thoughts trouble me and I am distraught at the voice of the enemy, at the stares of the wicked; for they bring down... Continue reading
Posted Mar 10, 2011 at way out west
CMS launch the prospectus and web site for their Pioneer Mission Leadership Training The CMS Pioneer Mission Leadership Training Course is a new, creative way of equipping and mobilising Christians for ground-breaking, transformational, sustainable mission. The course: gives pioneers, who... Continue reading
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Posted Feb 25, 2011 at way out west
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Feb 2, 2011
"What are the practices of a community that is seeking to be an Icon of God?" now that is an excellent and vital question! I totally agree re. evaluation, but in modern culture "evaluation" has become intrinsically quantitative (see Mission evaluation forms that simply give you boxes in which to enter your "average sunday attendance" or even worse attendance on specific random dates!) I suggest we need to find ways of evaluating which are more focussed on qualitative, even narrative "data". One thing I think is worth mentioning/exploring is that there does still seem to be an obsession with THE answer, this needs challenging - surely there is not one "best" model or even one understanding of icon? I know you are throwing Qs out, something I think is useful and indeed essential! I do think that if we are going to be both rigorous and generous in this exploration (even shared Pilgrimage ;-) ) then we need to do some work on language and assumptions.
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Ben Edson asks some questions of New-Monasticism in advance of the book launch tomorrow... 1: One comment that Martyn Percy made was that an 'an abbot' is a title rich in heritage and monasticism as a concept is one that... Continue reading
Posted Feb 2, 2011 at way out west
Today we celebrate Epiphany - one of our old Epiphany meditations - Continue reading
Posted Jan 6, 2011 at way out west
hear the call of heaven lift up your eyes to the clear cold sky and the beauty of the world we lift them up to god lift up your heads to your brothers and sisters sat beside you we lift... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at way out west
A couple Christmas eve thoughts... 1) In the Birth narrative we hear that there was no room in the "Kataluma" - this is not likely to be an "Inn", "Kataluma" normally refers to the guest room of a house. Joseph... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2010 at way out west
Just received a copy of "Starting from Zero with $0" written by Becky Garrison - Available from Amazon Churches everywhere are suffering from draconian funding cuts, so how do leaders with a heart for alternative ministries fund their passion and... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at way out west
I heard this week from Karen Ward from the Church of the Apostles in Seattle - - that they are starting a Mission Order called "The Order of Saint Brendan the Navigator" - The idea is that Chapters... Continue reading
Posted Dec 23, 2010 at way out west
The wonderfully poetic, spiritually and politically mindblowing Magnificat... My soul doth magnify the Lord.And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid;for behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.Because he... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at way out west
The combination of Fresh Expressions of Church and the explosion of interest in monastic spirituality is resulting in the emergence of new monastic communities inspired by historic patterns of religious life, but reframed for the contemporary world. In this book,... Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2010 at way out west
A good road will be there, and it will be named "God's Sacred Highway." It will be for God's people; no one unfit to worship God will walk on that road. And no fools can travel on that highway. Isaiah... Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at way out west
Sank•tuary report Christianity, Community, Culture, Mission, Missional, safespace, Telford, sanktuary Continue reading
Posted Nov 11, 2010 at way out west
The religious affairs correspondent for The Times Ruth Gledhill told the BBC that this (5 Anglican Bishops leaving the CofE to join the Roman Catholic Church over Women Bishops) announcement could prompt “hundreds, possibly thousands” of lay ministers (and consequently... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at way out west
In actual fact, the modern social phenomenon of two gay men or women forming a lifelong commitment as an alternative to heterosexual marriage was probably unknown to the biblical authors. If they were aware of such relationships, they ignored them.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 8, 2010 at way out west
That we were to embark on a journey to an unknown destination trusting in God That we were to take big risks with God That we were to struggle to be a community that is exposed and visible That we were to reflect the Monastic call to 24/7 Spiritual and Missional living That we should be open in hospitality to all That we were to find ourselves having a global impact in ways we could not yet see I believe we have been true to these and that God has been true to them too. ... To refocus ourselves on the values we set out at the beginning :- to actively take great risks with God (setting sail with God in our own faith, letting go of our comfort theologies and structures to nurture a missional dna (the 'missio dei' not the mission of church – joining with God on Gods mission in Gods world to model ourselves as a monastic core living out in the community (reflecting on the narrative of scripture, living by a spiritual rhythm and rule, living sharing life with others) to be visible and exposed (incarnate with Christ in culture, in heartfelt love for people and community) to be creative and dynamic (creating with Christ, in worship, theology, missiology and community) to think and act global & local (recognising both our insignificance and our significance - the majesty and the intimacy of God) to be servants of shalom (kingdom of God – recreating with Christ, being a community of peace and hospitality : challenging oppression and injustice) And our DNA of community, pilgrimage and mission. Continue reading
Posted Nov 6, 2010 at way out west
A Prayer for Gratitude from St. Francis of Assisi Most High, all powerful, good Lord, to you all praise, glory and honor and all blessing; to you alone, Most High, they belong and no one is worthy of naming you.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 4, 2010 at way out west
One of the prayers for today From the Mozarabic Sacramentary (tenth century) seemed apposite! Father God, it is hard to hope each morning, to look forward to new treasures and mercies, discovered when we are alive to your presence in... Continue reading
Posted Jun 28, 2010 at way out west