"My ego is desperately . . . trying to get the experiences that I think will fill me up and make me happy again. But no matter how much I try, it doesn't work--because it's not in the content of experience that I'll find happiness, but in the quality of my attention and presence in any experience I have." --Russ Hudson
I've been asked to speak at a wedding in the summer but the couple are most emphatic that they will NOT be having the 'Love' reading from 1 Corinthians. I, in mock horror, sent them my response ........
If I have the correct order of service, if the Vicar is confident and competent, but do not have the 1 Corinthians reading, I am only a registry office ceremony or a clanging Las Vegas charade. If I have the gift of other readings, or can include all wisdom literature and obscure Old Testament readings, and if I have an actor deliver Psalm 121 (the one that mentions mountains), but do not have the Corinthians reading; wedding wise I am a non-thing. If I give all I have to the arrangements of the flowers, the music and the dress code but do not have the reading everyone has about Love then the service is as of naught.
"1 Corinthians 13" is patently kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 1 Corinthians 13 always protects, always inspires ...... AND always appears.
Interesting article from a millenial on what the church is missing, worth a read
"Millennials are not interested in a celestial Jesus with a permanent smile and open arms, unconcerned with the goings-on of planet Earth. We've heard about that Jesus our entire lives, and we're not buying it.
Do you know what we would buy? Jesus the man, Jesus the prophet, the Jesus that fashioned a whip of cords and overturned the tables of the money changers for making God's house a den of robbers. The Jesus that challenged the establishment and paid the ultimate price. The Jesus that took up the cross of the poor, the weak, and the marginalized in the name of God"
ht to Ben Miz for pointing me to the article
I recently blogged about the fact that whenever I make any changes to my account or upgrade my phone it tends to go very pear-shaped indeed. The latest change being a case in point ... hence the post. I did say though that by way of apology I had been told my tariff would be lowered to make up for the errors and the time it had taken to sort it out.
Just had my bill though and the promised reduction has not happened AND the person who dealt with my complaint did not actually record the reduction on the system ... no record exists it seems.
Really fed up of dealing with a company where mistakes have been so common place, where what I have been told will happen, hasn't, and a system where a sales person can tell you something and then have no accountability as all they need to do is not actually record it on the system.
This job opportunity looks really interesting and I think would have opportunity too to link up with the USAF Chaplaincy.
Details: 3- Announcement.pdf
I was out for a stroll and spotted this heartfelt prayer which made me smile. First thought was that corporately Christians had successfully helped someone to pray! Second thought was some sympathy with the sentiment of the writer.
Four and a half thousand words written, some of which are sensical and in some sort of order. I have a love hate relationship with the whole thing now.
Very much enjoyed the Guardian article addressing the question of what a youth worker does:
"Ultimately, all youth work has one key aim - to help young people's emotional and social development in an informal setting but through educational processes. By developing supportive relationships with young people, and opening their eyes to new experiences, youth workers foster increased confidence, ambition and empathy. This prepares them to make a positive contribution to society in adult life. Youth workers tackle a whole spectrum of issues, from behavioural difficulties to teenage pregnancy.
There are essential attributes that all youth workers need - energy, patience and creativity are paramount. And now more than ever, a positive approach to collaboration with other organisations is key. This is especially true in the public sector, where resources are limited and services are being outsourced"
I'm in Cornwall for the weekend; part retreat part live dissertation writing. Epic walk from the Campsite where Charlie van is parked through Kynance Cove (stunning) and onto the Lizard where I am writing and researching in a W-iFi equipped pub, with a pint of Tribute for company. Loving it