Showing posts from May, 2011

Listen to the Music of the Spirit

I have just finished reading this really good book on discernment by David Lonsdale. As a spiritual director I felt like I should know more about discernment. I have now read this book twice. It offers a really good introduction to discernment, both on a daily basis and for the big stuff. He basis this way of making choices on a profound sense of our being loved unconditionally by God, a sense that comes out of regular prayer and reading and reflecting on the scriptures. He explores how good discernment holds together both the affective, in particular whether we are being led to God or away from God, and our head. He also explores the obstacles to good discernment. This is a really easy to read and informative book which I recommend to any interested in this basic Christian discipline

Petition to stop state sponsored homophobia

I have to wonder where the anglican church is in this in Uganda

Mountain Top

I have been at a meeting of ministry educators in Nelson, well a retreat, led by Justin Duckworth. During the last day we have spent time exploring the exodus story, leaving Egypt and entering the wilderness as a way of exploring our current context as a church. We have been in Egypt. In many ways it has been good, and in others it has been bad. But it is and was known, and comfortable. And now we are leaving Egypt, leaving what is known, and leaving what is comfortable.  We built Duplo pyramids, each piece with a word on it, each side representing politics, religion, economics or media. So many of those words were negative, which in a sense is an aspect of being in Egypt, we focus so easily on the negative. So much was about the individual, either as individuals or as individual groups, and those individuals protecting what is “theirs” and trying to attain more, be that wealth, power or prestige. WE were then invited to stand at the Mountain top along with Martin Luther King, to s