Monday, October 29, 2007

UK & European Emerging Church Site, Deep Church Site

Pleased to say the October update of the emerging church site has been uploaded. Click here for info. Also really pleased to find that the Deep Church movement have a website too - with a series of interesting seminars drawing on Kings College in London - click here for info.

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Community as beyond individual Condition & Cure

For the last two days I have been ruminating on this subject after a profound conversation with my good friend Padraig of the Ikon Community in Northern Ireland, who has just performed in our Moot Arts Cabaret in London.

My thoughts are still about community. It seems to me, that much of modern life is about comodification of everything - and that we are labelled with various conditions and allergies that somehow assist modern living in the categorising of everything - and for me - unhelpfully reduces everything down to a medical model of inadequacy compounding our sense of reduced humanity.

Another benefit of Christian community, is that it is about profound betterment and affirmation - at its best - it is about our collective human becoming. That in community and the love of God, we are able to find acceptance, love and wholeness.

In the Moot Community I am known as Ian, slightly eccentric and over working. These things are true, and I feel greatly loved by my brothers and sisters in the Moot Community. Left on my own, I can retreat to self-depreciation and frustration with my constant health issues and allergies, and my own sense of inadequacy. So it is in knowing others, and the relationships and care that has built up, that I see reflected another me that I have learnt to accept and love.

The challenge is again, that this is utterly counter-cultural. In community we find our place as a counterbalance to personal anxiety, in community we find a place and a sense of belonging, and it is in community that we ultimately experience God.

So in a culture obsessed with the individual, looking beautiful and finding the cure, community offers something beautiful of another way of being - the foretaste or moment of the Kingdom of God.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Anglimergent global

I am pleased to say that my good friend Karen Ward, of COTA in Seattle, and fellow Anglican Emergent Priest, has launched an Anglimergent group on Facebook.

There is a need to promote the place of Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church throughout the various provinces of Churches in the Global North and West.

Although I see the Emergent Church Movement as an Ecumenical movement, I do think there needs to be champions in the various denominations to bring change - Presbyterians, Methodists, Catholics, Anglicans, Baptists - what ever - to work with the historic Church to seek Ancient Future forms of church reflecting tradition - but honest to now.

For a link to the facebook group click here

Saturday, October 6, 2007

Exploration of Kester Brewin's Complex Christ/Signs of Emergence Book

I am pleased to see that New York City's very own Emerging Church, Transmission, Sister Group to Moot London, are exploring the thinking and work of Kester Brewin regarding complexity, gift and the rest.

Kester's work is provocative - some I like, and some that challenges me. He is an important voice that needs consideration in the radical end of the emerging church. For info on transmissions plans regarding the explorations click here.

For those are interested, I wrote a review on Kester's first book on the emergingchurch.info site, to read it click here

New emerging church venture in St John's Cathedral Denver

One of the great privileges of the tour Aaron and I completed in June 07, was to hear the passions of people starting up new things in a variety of different settings.

One of these, was St John's Episcopal Cathedral in Denver, and their vision for setting up an alternative service and community.

Cathedrals are uniquely placed to provide opportunities for emerging church type projects where they are aimed at those who are spiritually searching, and I was greatly encouraged to hear about the wilderness creative service at St John's. I like this play on words, very ancient future, as the cathedral was called St John's of the Wilderness because the nearest Episcopal Church at one time, was 700 miles away in Kansas. The concept of wilderness connects with our postmodern situation of complexity, and our very disorientating and fast culture. Wilderness for me connects with the Desert Mothers and Fathers, particularly the Capadocean Mothers and Fathers, the beginning of the Orthodox church, and the form of church that inspired the celtic church... and therefore in a distant form, the inheritance of the later formed Anglican Church in Britain.

I really like the mix of service and going to the pub after for discussion. So if you are looking for an alternative form of church - this looks great - for more info - check out info on their web pages here