Wednesday, January 25, 2006
emerging church postcards : England5
For words about the image : birth : values : music: mission
How were you as an emerging community birthed?; : safe space : is a joint mission initiative, launched by the Anglican Diocese of Lichfield and The Church Mission Society. It is in part a response to “Mission Shaped Church” and a vision to engage with the people of Telford (particularly 20s and 30s) who do not find a home or a place to explore spirituality in the traditional Churches. We have tried to identify some basic principles of mission… To enter community and rest in the hospitality of the people of peace, to participate in the Missio Dei, to seed communities of seekers by planting safe spaces within the heart of the community, to be inclusive and yet together to draw closer to divine truth, to seek transformation of people, communities and culture. (Luke 10, Acts 17, 1 Thess 2, Romans 14).
What do you as an emerging community value?; hope : sacrificial love : welcome : new revelation : creation and creativity : reality : inclusivity : surprise : challenge : justice and compassion : the journey.
What music track sums up your year?; You, you and you by Jon Kennedy (useless wooden toys). Lyrics:
“Calling out to you, you and you, were gonna make it all happen right here, right now,
Calling out, were gonna speak the truth…
We’re gonna shake, we’re gonna shine, I know we’ll make it cause it feels divine.”
What was your best mission moment in 05?; Seeing as we only started in September 05… Everything… But the most exiting thing has been how gatekeepers/people of peace have opened doors to us… The Football Club, The Town Centre, The College (where we have been given total use of a brand new “spirituality” lounge and teaching room that they built but don’t know what to do with), The Mind*Body*Spirit community and family networks, and not forgetting the media… The hardest lesson I am learning is to rest in the hospitality of the community, to learn how to be.
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