Tuesday, August 24, 2010

resources used in hospitality for mission weekend

This post also might be useful for those working on Luke 14 lectionary text ie the Banquet Parables.

In order to create curiosity and pre-engagement with the your place or mine? hospitality as mission theme, I invited people to send in cell phone pictures of their tables. During the weekend I made this into a Quicktime movie which looped. It was very useful in terms of reminding us of the diversity of tables we dwell at, in which our “hospitality as mission” takes shape.

Luke 10 talk – theme hospitality as mission at their place

  • The story of Brendan and it’s link to mission came via Mark Berry’s Safe Space community and the words for the soundtrack being played are available here.
  • Boats, on which to write the name of your church and the “word of mission” for you, are here.
  • Lots and lots more information about the story and development of Opawa and espresso can be found here – start at the end and work forward!

Luke 14 talk – theme banquets as mission, their place and ours

  • Quiz was taken from a book about meals from around the world
  • The images of “church at table” were from Steve Collins website, particularly here.
  • The Benched video, which was used as a way of reflecting on hospitality in shared community projects.
  • Benched from Brandon McCormick on Vimeo.

    • The list of 4 hospitality practices which we used to evaluate the video (and thus our congregational life and hopes in general) was a summary of a chapter from Soul Banquets: How Meals Become Mission in the Local Congregation. This also has the (fantastic) story of the response of a New York church to 9/11. The specific practices (as I reworded them) are as follows:
    1. Practice: serving graciously by finding ways to encourage eye contact and genuine conversation.
    2. Practice: setting tables in ways and places that reflect God’s abundance and creativity.
    3. Practice: seek role reversals by finding ways for all to contribute (a diversity of gifts, each has its corresponding service.)
    4. Practice: committing to a long-term, intentional project.

    Luke 19 talk – theme the gospel at their place

    • For more about Richard Passmore go here, with the Abs and Flow story (which is one of the best example of Western contextualisation I have seen) here
    • The cartoons were from Dave Walker, in particular here

    Wrap up summary
    Information about Lumina Domestica, God’s light potentially transforming the ordinary and everyday of our hospitality, here.

    Two books I’ve found most helpful have been Amos Yong’sHospitality and the Other: Pentecost, Christian Practices, and the Neighbor and Soul Banquets: How Meals Become Mission in the Local Congregation

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