Showing posts from September, 2009

preaching, organising, creating

I led the reflections at Christ Church yesterday, the community that is hosting me for my student placement, and the Esther Project as it begins. I think I went too long, but it seemed to be reasonably well received. Also, I was far less well prepared than I like to be, which made me appear nervous. I just didn't know what I was saying as well as I usually do. I am disappointed with that. I know why it happened, though. I've felt like I've hit a wall in recent weeks with the project. This may be because there is still so much of the organisational stuff for the Project in my hands, when I'm more energised by the creative stuff. It is good that when I turn up for a dinner gathering (The Esther Project community gather for dinner and story fortnightly) exhausted I leave refreshed. Others have said the same, so something good is happening around that table, for which I am very grateful Holy One. I have lots of organisational things to do this week, but am hoping to also g…

an image of hope

At the NBS national gathering last weekend, our epic telling was the book of Amos. (An epic is when you take a larger chunk of the biblical narrative, or a whole book if it's a relatively short book, and break it into portions that people learn and tell in the order of the book. it's a great way to hear the story as a whole). Amos is a story of God's anger, a response to the pain God feels at the broken covenant between God and the people of Israel. The people of God forget the covenant, ignore it, turn their backs on it, and God, being bound by the covenant, has to punish the people. So much of the book of Amos, as in many of the books of the prophets, contains quite angry, violent imagery. There is a message of hope, however, at the end of the book. And Jeanette Acland told this portion of the story in our epic. She had worked towel and sheet to represent an infant, and sat cradling the 'infant' in her arms as she spoke the words of God.
Amos 9:14–15 I will resto…

emerging stories

Cheryl Lawrie's thoughts and writing takes me beyond easy answers to the questions we are so often afraid to ask. Cheryl was one of the organisers of the trip I went on to the UK last year, visiting alternative / emerging church communities. She has blogged here about this year's trip - inspiring me to follow up on the stories of the communities with whom they met. I suspect their stories will provide interesting and helpful points of resonance and disonance with The Esther Project that will be useful as we continue to shape the Project.

Woman at the well performance poem on youtube

the healing lake

this is a response I wrote after the healing ritual at the gathering this weekend.

a pool of troubles in my hands a pool of troubles from my heart a pool of troubles from St Kevin’s lake
far across the seas the Spirit lifts my soul lifts the troubles from my heart lifts my hands from the water of the lake
and the water falls between my open palms the troubles drop away tumbling back into the lake
as I fall down on my knees the tears slide gently down my cheeks to the stoney ground beside the lake
in this far away land of healing the Sacred wind begins to blow and I am lifted far above the lake

Published in On Wisdom's Wings, Ginninderra Press, 2013. 

story weaving

I am trying to process the thoughts of the past week. I attended an introductory course on narrative therapy last week, and this weekend I was at the annual gathering of the network of biblical storytellers.  Story certainly is the lens through which I see and interpret the world. 
Narrative therapy, as I thought it would, has given me some language and an approach to helping people that is comfortable and helpful for me. It is a language and an approach of curious wonder. An approach that trusts the story to its work of healing, rather than positioning oneself as the 'healer' or expert. Most of the people who did the course were counsellors or social workers, which put me in a minority of one as a person whose work context is within the realm of Christian community. Even so, this approach is as helpful for me in this context as it is for people working with those who experience violence or trauma, refugees, students and their families, the dying and grieving, and others. You se…


when I need silencewhen I am still when I am weary help me rest in You


Here's the info for the next [re]generate pub conversation about emerging experiences of Christian community: