Friday, September 07, 2007

 

Samuel Bartley's Education Panel Review 30th October - Inclusive Social Justice

Thanks to everyone who has donated money, offered their services and support of Samuel and the Bartley family.

Jonathan asked me to convey the thanks of the family.

They are now gearing up for the panel hearing - there is still time to donate financial contributions to the £3K the family have had to raise to fight the tribunal hearing.

If you still want to donate - send to Ian at St Matthews made payable to Jonathan Bartley.

Otherwise lets keep praying and supporting Samuel and his family at this difficult time.

To see a copy of the report the national paper click here

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Monday, July 16, 2007

 

Thunderbird 7


Thunderbird 7, originally uploaded by andrewpaulcarr.

Mike prepares thunderbird 7 for an ancient-future faith experiment in going 'back to the future'

If anyone else has any photos from the rhythm of life service yesterday please add them into the moot Flickr group. Ta

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Tuesday, April 17, 2007

 

Blah Learning Day on Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church drawing on the catholic and contemplative traditions



May 12th | 10am to 3.30pm | STMW
Over the last year, a number of new and exciting emerging churches or fresh expressions of church drawing on the specifically catholic and/or contemplative traditions have developed and joined other emerging churches coming from or out of a more evangelical perspective. These voices are few - but are nevertheless important voices. This day will then give room to explore how Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church drawing on the catholic and Contemplative traditions bring particular resources to engage with those who are spiritually searching and what it means to be church.
Explorations will include input from Simon Rundell of Blessed in Gosport and the Walsingham Youth Pilgrimage, Michael Volland, a pioneer minister working with Gloucester Cathedral and others.

For more information or to book a place click here

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Monday, April 16, 2007

 

urban rhythms 6: information and identity

See here for introduction to the urban rhythms series.

…you have searched me and you know me. You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar. You discern my going out and my lying down; you are familiar with all my ways. Before a word is on my tongue you know it completely, O Clubcard of Tesco.’

[First book of Tesco, beginning at the thirty ninth aisle]

Data abounds. From early written records which have documented births, deaths and marriages we have come via medical records, passports and identity cards to databases, store cards, Oyster cards, GPS, speed cameras, ASBO tags and soon to RFID’s that monitor the location and use of products we’ve bought. Our travel, location, shopping habits, diet, credit rating, health and lifestyle habits are all being documented and collected. In public urban spaces CCTV tracks our movement whilst talking lampposts will soon discipline us for unacceptable behaviour. All of this information about us is then used by others, perhaps to market a product, predict behaviour or inform a campaign.

Oddly the data projection of ourselves begins to shape the world beyond us and can also be inhabited by others. Whilst we might assume another identity via an online avatar others could steal our identity. Somehow someone else becomes us while God is still counting the ‘hairs on our head’. We are not immune to this thirst for information and identity. We might project a chosen identity on blogs and myspace or use digital cameras and videophones to see and record the world. We can tend to experience the world through the lense, looking back at it in the future rather than engaging with it in the present. Non-photography day becomes a vital Sabbath.

presence | acceptance | balance | creativity | accountability | hospitality

Image: Small World, Martin Parr

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