Thursday, February 07, 2008

spirit2go, into the wilderness, Lent 2008

Working toward Lent this year, I have also been seeking a way for people to do spirituality without any physical link to church, while retaining some sense of shared life. How could people do a shared task, but in their own timestyles, yet be encouraged by each other? In the old days it was meet physically, same time, same place. But is that the only way?

The upshoot, the first crack, is a website (www.spirit2go.blogspot.com).

So for Lent 2008, people can download si smith’s 40 day resource, with poetry (for a small fee). Which is great and is supplied via Proost and certainly doesn’t need me to build a website for that. But it is individualised and for me, I need people with me on the journey. Perhaps I’m oldfashioned, but I get encouraged by other’s creativity.

So … I then designed 6 assignments that link with the 40 days (for example build sand castle, visit a wilderness area – etc, more info on website). Lent covers 40 days plus Sunday’s. So that gives some lay days. And why not use that to process the 40 days in different ways? Why not have shared projects that people can do in their own time that help them process, projects that access different ways to connect with God, projects that compliment 40′s themes.

And all projects with the invitation: take pictures, sound recordings, blog journals, and email your work to the spirit2go website. So that we are encouraged by what others do. So there is a sense of shared journey.

If it works, i will want to add more projects around themes; a set around Kiwi spirituality and another set around meals in Luke and slow eating and food.

At Opawa we are also offering a physical option – paper based with a physical cross in the foyer. So people can mix and match their own combo of digital and physical. Introduction to whole concept tonight (Thursday), 7:30 pm in church foyer.

UPDATED: OK, 20 people from Opawa have signed up. Some have gone digital, some physical. And emails from 3 people in the UK, keen to join us. And a lovely note from the poet, “This internet thing is great ain’t it? Best wishes for your endeavour, it is very encouraging for me to see a bit of creativity grow legs and find uses all over the place.”

Posted by steve at 09:23 AM

3 Comments

  1. thanks for the link…I’m looking forward to it!

    Comment by Deborah Taggart — February 7, 2008 @ 7:53 pm

  2. I would love to be apart of the journey with you Steve. My roots are Southern Baptist, yet here in the USA they aren’t were your at in my area thought wise.

    Plus I have limitations at the moment myself on some things. I’ll sign up today if I may.

    I’ll be signing up. Blessings to you and hope your father is doing better. Things in my family are quite low at the moment, but just as the rain falls, the sun shines again.

    Blessings to you for all you encourage, and your family too.

    Peace be with you,

    Ella

    Comment by Ella — February 8, 2008 @ 9:13 pm

  3. thanks you two, looking forward to seeing what you produce through the spirit2go.blogspot.com website.

    cheers steve

    Comment by steve — February 8, 2008 @ 11:10 pm

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