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I've added new links recently. 
The Transit Lounge is a Uniting Church online magazine that explores issues of faith and spirituality in contemporary life. It's emailed free fortnightly, or you can just check out the website. My friend Michelle writes for it. Maybe one day so will I. 
Speaking of Michelle, irrational explanations is her new blog, and her writing about life, faith, spirituality, religion, is engaging and thought provoking. 
And the Sophia network got a mention in my blogging about the UK trip. Their site has recently been updated I hear. This network supports women in youth ministry particularly, but Jenny Baker, who writes the blog, is another interesting thinker / writer worth reading.

Rita Levi-Montalcini

a friend sent me this link this morning. worth the time to read it.  Levi-Montalcini is indeed an extraordinary woman, though I have two responses. 

she sounds like a work-aholic (does she have silence, rest, time out? I'm reading a book on women peace makers, and they mostly derive strength from their silent time, meditation, prayer ...), and eating once a day wouldn't work for very many people ... 

she says she can't believe in a God who rewards and punishes ... well neither can I. can we help people name Sacred experiences as encounters with God, help them know God in terms other than reward and punishment?  should we even try? is it arrogant to assume that a person who cannot believe in a God who rewards and punishes should believe in God ...

Storytelling events

The gathering of the Network of Biblical Storytellers Australasia is being held in Queensland from 18 - 20 September 2009. The 2010 gathering will be held in September in Adelaide. There is a workshop planned for Saturday 4 July in Adelaide. Mark your diaries, ask other storytelling people to clear their diaries, for these opportunities to learn, to connect with other storytellers, to develop storytelling skills, and to deepen our encounter with the Sacred Story.  I'll post more about these events as more information becomes available.

Esther project update

Well, things are moving along with preparations for the Esther project. Sandy and I are working hard on the learning goals for the field education placement side of the project; there's a meeting next week to nut out a learning agreement which hopefully will mean I can announce the home of the project very soon; we'll be part of the Fresh Expressions strategic plan for the UCA, sharing stories with other fresh expressions of church and the wider church; I've started a facebook group for the Esther project, so that people can be in touch with the story as it unfolds; and very soon I hope to meet with a person involved with the Jewish community, to discuss ways their community and ours might partner, sharing our connections with the Esther story. It's all very exciting, and I'm hoping soon to discover someone who could help me develop a business plan for the project, so that we can effectively submit applications for funding with various bodies.  I'll be starting …

Happy Easter

Easter Sunday morning I drove to the Port River Sailing Club at Largs Bay very early in the morning. It was still dark when I arrived, though the horizon was beginning to glow in anticipation of the sunrise. I was greeted by some dedicated Le Fevre Uniting people who had also got up very early, and we prepared for the Easter celebration that has become a well loved tradition there.  At 6.15 bells began to ring, and Mary rose to tell her story of that moment of great joy when she encountered the risen Jesus. We sang, were welcomed and prayed. Then Thomas stood and told his story, encouraging others to believe - not doubt - that Jesus has indeed risen, has indeed revealed God to us, has indeed brought about a new Way of Love.  Another song, our offering and thanks.  Then Peter's story, another miracle in the presence of the risen Jesus, breakfast on the beach, and the command to feed his sheep, with no pretense at the cost that would require of Peter.  Singing again, and a blessing, the…

Preparing easter stories

feels a bit strange to be speaking the resurrection stories during holy week, as I prepare for tomorrow's dawn service at the Port River sailing club for LeFevre Uniting Church. (starts at 6.15 am, breakfast included). I think I've had my reflection on the crucifixion part of the story last weekend with Black Wood Jazz, and have moved to the resurrection much earlier than usual in my Easter reflections. Suppose I should get used to reflections on the holy days coming before the holy days themselves, as I begin a life of preparing to lead others in their reflections. 
However, the stories are coming along well, it sounds like the service around it has been planned with sensitivity to the stories, and I have hopes it will be a moving experience for those who come.  I'm discovering a Mary who is wise, loyal, reflective.  Thomas is a little down on himself, a bit of an introvert, a sensitive soul.  Peter, we all know Peter, is again bold, a little brash, and discovering in himself…

Black Wood Jazz: Into Holy Week

Black Wood Jazz : Into Holy Week was another example of the power of story. Three people took on characters from the holy week story and shared their responses to the events of those days. The hearers of the stories were moved to laughter, sorrow, wonder. All seemed to appreciate this encounter with the story of Easter, with the characters, with imagination and emotion. My thanks to Abi, Cameron and Matt who portrayed the woman who anointed, a soldier at the trials, and Peter with depth and feeling.  See more at the Black Wood Jazz blog.

Another storytelling event has me all enthused ...

Last Friday at the launch of the Uniting College for Leadership and Theology I presented the scripture passage using Biblical storytelling. It was 1 Corinthians 12:14–27, where Paul is talking about the body consisting of not one, but many members. The response was overwhelmingly positive.  People said simply, 'fantastic', or that it brought the passage to life and was much easier to concentrate on and get something out of that when it's just read by someone; others were inspired to use that sort of method for communicating the Biblical narrative themselves.  As I was telling the passage, I could see the connection, feel the connection with the listeners, intimately, even though there were probably 500 people in the room.  I'm inspired and enthused now to get a workshop or two happening, so look out for it, tap people on the shoulder who might be interested in enhancing their ability to communicate the Biblical narrative when the workshops come around. Let's get peopl…