Up until now I have resisted writing too much of my discipleship work up on the blog as it needs dialogue and conversation. (Given that even in conversation there has been an anxious reaction at times to the questioning and exploring of certain assumptions – especially around the churches primary modality for ‘discipleship,’ that of cerebral, intellectual teaching.) I’m aware that in attempting to write stuff down where it lacks tonality, body language, and questioning, it is much harder to convey. It also at times provokes reactions along the lines of ‘The question you are asking mean you are saying ‘X’ and that means you are attacking or rejecting ‘Y’ (Even more frustrating given that you are not in fact saying ‘X’ or attacking or rejecting ‘Y’). Dualism lives large.
Realizing all ready that this may be a bad idea. However I am going to try and explore what I am learning in my faith journey, in my spiritual practice, in my studies …. and the interplay between them.
Interesting article in the Guardian
Should schools be better equipped to understand and help teenagers is the thrust of the article. The young people however are asking for better access to professionals:
“according to the new survey, what most teenagers want is easy access to mental health professionals rather than being “patched up” by teachers with little training.”
It is definitely hard work running a Comedy Evening. But last night was the culmination of it all; booking the right acts, promoting and marketing, planing and logistics. What a night it was though. SO MUCH laughter and fun.
Exhausted but chuffed. Feedback from the audience (and the comedians) has been wonderful. The healing power of laughter, and the community building experience of laughing together. Beautiful.
It’s hard work though ‘selling’ what I am trying to do in bringing the community together to laugh and play. Turn out was lower than expected, and although there were enough to create the fabulous evening it was, it was challenging on the financial front. Usefully though I picked up an accounting trick from David Gunson years ago, this meant we didn’t then make a loss ….. and we instead made a ‘negative profit!’ *laughing*
Given how much people loved and appreciated it I am determined to run it again, do however need to find new ways to get buy in and commitment.
I love these signs from Church House Westminster. As they are both rendered in the same colour, I instantly see it as one sign conveying, “you are approaching the Chapel, RUN AWAY NOW!”
I’m teaching at St Stephens House tomorrow on. “Beyond the Assumptions: engaging with teeangers.” Rather liked this quote which has been absorbed into the Powerpoint.
Some work by Linda Woodhead that I want to be able to find again:
“It is easy to imagine the rise of ‘no religion’ being driven by personal crises of faith in which adults become disillusioned and abandon their religion, but in fact the rise of ‘no religion’ and the decline of ‘Christian’ have much more to do with transmission from parents to children than with adult (de)conversions. Adults do sometimes change their minds and switch from identifying with a religion to identifying with no religion, or the other way round, but the more important story has to do with children. The massive cultural shift from Christian to non-religious Britain has come about largely because of children ceasing to follow the religious commitments of their parents. Analysis of the British Social Attitudes survey, which asks a question about
religion of upbringing, reveals that children brought up Christian have a 45 per cent chance of ending up as ‘nones’, whereas those brought up ‘no religion’ have a 95 per cent probability of retaining that identification. Thus ‘no religion’ is proving ‘sticky’ in a way that Christianity is not. This means that not only are ‘none’ parents more likely to produce ‘none’ children’, but that those children will do the same. This ensures the continued growth of ‘no religion’ even if the birth rate is somewhat lower for nones than for religious people. As a result, more and more children are being raised in Britain with little or no first-hand knowledge of Christianity. Currently many will still have Christian grandparents, but in a generation or two that will have ceased to be the case”
“keep me away from the wisdom which does not cry, the philosophy which does not laugh, and the greatness which does not bow before children”
– Kahlil Gibran
“Vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, and creativity. It is the source of hope, empathy, accountability, and authenticity. If we want greater clarity in our purpose or deeper and more meaningful spiritual lives, vulnerability is the path”