Sunday, February 15, 2004

thin spaces

It was the baptism of Kelli today. She is a young woman, an unchurched atheist, until about 6 months ago. She has a strong environmental heart and it has been a joy to see her grow and unfurl over the last months. She was presented with a bone carving of a koru – a Maori symbol of new life and growth.


She was baptised at the beach. The new minister of Graceway, Mark Barnard, talked about the Celtic notion of thin spaces, where the gap between heaven and earth is no more. The sun shone and the waves lapped. Some fish even jumped. Various Graceway kids could not resist the lure of the water. It was indeed a thin space.


Posted by steve at 09:18 PM


  1. What a wonderful image – “thin spaces” – navigable spaces – places of encounter – transcendence – thin spaces where God is encountered

    Comment by Paul — February 17, 2004 @ 8:05 am

  2. Storms

    There’s been this amazing storm come through New Zealand and the results have been devastating for various parts of the country. On Sunday afternoon we went to a baptism in the sea, it was great to be a part of it and the message (on the beach) was ent…

    Comment by cre8d journal — February 17, 2004 @ 9:15 am

  3. beautiful…

    Comment by scotty — February 18, 2004 @ 11:07 am

  4. I love that Celtic insight of thin spaces!

    It is encouraging to hear of baptisms/people coming to Christ in a post evangelical environ. Sounds like it was a beautiful experience.

    Comment by Rich — February 18, 2004 @ 5:08 pm

  5. …I remembered my own baptism when I read about this.It was a great feeling (more than great actually).

    Comment by Dee — February 20, 2004 @ 2:50 pm

  6. I like it. Baptism is a neat place to met God. The commitment to a new beginning.

    Thanks also for your comment on my blog re: Sacred Spaces.

    Comment by Jeff — February 23, 2004 @ 2:45 pm

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