Never mind paper, scissors, stone. Let’s play rock, seed, heart. On this morning’s walk on the North Yorkshire Coast, we came across this rock. The way that the water naturally flows around the rock makes it look a little like a heart, with veins, or branches, or roots. And so, of course, a conversation beganContinue reading “Rock, Seed, Heart”
Last week was the first anniversary of my ordination, so I was looking back on the promises that I made just one year ago, and reflecting on how much has changed and how much I have grown in one year. The promise that stood out to me was this: to maintain the truth of theContinue reading “Truth = Trouble: A Reflection”
As our Spirit theme draws to a close, we move to consider where we can hear God speaking. This will give us an opportunity to consider different spiritual activities as well as social justice concerns and the question of what God is calling Churspacious to do – and to be – next! Throughout July IContinue reading “What next for Churspacious?”
There is an ‘I’ in Spirit – in fact there are a lot of ‘I’s’ in Spirit: Inspire, Illustrate, Illuminate, Inform, Incite, Ignite, Invite, Influence, Imbue, Inflame, Infect, and a lot more. The Spirit is… well, ok, it’s like this…sorta… wait…just like a bit….. ok……The Spirit is …. Well… it’s complicated. We asked what the Spirit doesContinue reading “Our Next Theme: The Spirit Is…”
The Psalms are a place I often feel able to find support and clarity in times of crisis. The beginning of Psalm 18 describes a Psalmist in crisis. Someone crying to God for help. After a really descriptive (perhaps even maybe a little bit dramatic?) exploration of God’s response, the Psalmist writes that God ‘broughtContinue reading “‘A Spacious Place’”
You probably know by now that I love talking online. Lot’s of people think that online conversation, particularly when it’s text based, is somehow inferior to face-to-face. For me, and I think for many others, that is not always the case. There are lots of positives for talking online; time to think, being able toContinue reading “Talking Online”
Sometimes when I find myself in debates about Christian ethics, I realise that the reason is that we are coming from two very different starting points: It’s hard to sum up these views succinctly but, basically, Bob, and others who prioritise individual ethics, thinks that individual people are the problem, and that people should beContinue reading “Structures or People? Talking like Jesus”
Alex and Jo both really struggle with the idea of rules, especially in a spacious church. It matters, though, that we are able to create safe space so that every member of Churspacious is included, respected and cared for. It is also important that people find what they seek; that there is some sort ofContinue reading “Guidelines”
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