Wednesday, December 29, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
Here's Claire Calvert as the Winter Fairy supported if you look very carefully in the background by Eryn!
More images of Eryn's cast are here
Photos by John Ross - used with permission
I saw this article from The Independent and thought it might be of interest to you
The year 2010 began with David Cameron looking into a TV camera and pledging to the British people: "If any cabinet minister comes to me and says 'Here are my plans' and they involve frontline reductions, they'll be sent straight back to their department to go away and think again." The year ended with him pushing through the most severe cuts to frontline services in living memory.
© 2009 Independent News and Media
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Monday, December 20, 2010
What is amazing is that for some they'd rather continue going red in the face, blue even puce. Morisy quotes Gwend Griffith-Dickson as a possible reason.
High levels of emotion tend to knock out a persons, especially a young persons, critical faculties. With high levels of emotional arousal it becomes difficult for people to 'process', ie to hear without reacting, information that counters their perception.pp 47For others they catch your eye and between gasps communicate they need help. A quick heave ho and it's time to revisit what should've been chewed on in the first place!!
The kingdom of God and its values is worthy of thinking rather than a thoughtless approach. The Bereans in Acts 17:11 are known for their thinking and openness.
"And the people of Berea were more open-minded than those in Thessalonica, and they listened eagerly to Paul's message. They searched the Scriptures day after day to see if Paul and Silas were teaching the truth."
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Anyway 23 days ago I wrote this down. I suspect it was in what we call a 'spiritual day' at college when something was said that made a connection with the area of thinking on essence, function and form.
Holy living is the essence (desire)
Spiritual formation is the function (intentionality)
Christlike action and thought is the form. (expression)
These thoughts feel incomplete for me, but the new label of random and incomplete thoughts will make a hospitable home for now.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
I wait in expectation as the RoH fills, others come and stand beside me dressed for the ballet. A hopeful man thinking his tickets for the ballet were cheap doesn't impress. They move on leaving me hopeful of B6 as the slight degree improvement gives a slightly better restricted view than B5!
Act 1 she is totally out of sight as the winter fairy jumps and gyrates, skips and twists, or should I say chaînés, sautée with pirouette à la seconde, I know she is there holding on tightly to her mistletoe with the dry ice lapping at her feet. 2500 other people may not even notice her as Claire Calvert as the Winter Fairy captures their gaze. But I do even though I can't see her.
Does the restricted view matter? Does it rob me of the beauty of the music, the movement the experience? Not at all. This restricted view is different from the last restricted view there is something new. OK I still can only see Eryn through the crook of an elbow and a shade of a lamp and past the neck of another if they all line up, but does it matter?
Not at all, I know she is there and I can appreciate it all restricted view or not. At the interval B7 and B8 leaving gives hope of a new experience of a new restricted view.
Next week proper seats, full view - I can't wait!
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
From awe and wonder the desire in faith becomes everything about absorption. Like a sponge the books, DVD's, CD's are soaked up in an insatiable desire to learn. A Christian Marketing dream! Faith at this stage is all about learning about God. Being part of a group is essential and meaning is taken from belonging and agreeing within what is seen as orthodox. The charismatic leader still wields immense influence as answers are not individual or unique but found in a leader, cause, or belief system.This stage is characterised by the groups sense of rightness and security is in 'Our' faith. What holds people back at this stage is a rigidness in righteousness which is sustained by a 'we against them' attitude that is seen in a resistance to any thinking outside what is seen as correct. The tribe continues to hold and shape. Moving on begins to happen when people see themselves as contributors to others rather than recipients, the catalyst being the need to take risks and accept others.
Hagberg's key question for those at this stage:
When have you felt a part of a faith or spiritual community?
Hagberg, J. O. (2004). The Critical Journey, Stages in the Life of Faith, Second Edition (2nd ed.). Salem, WI: Sheffield Publishing Company pp 67
Monday, December 13, 2010
"In each of us a wide mixture of behaviour both wise and unwise, healthy and unhealthy, appears.... when that behaviour begins to dominate or when we become obsessed with how we need to behave or how others need to behave, then we have a clear sign that we are becoming caged. Another sign of stuckness is having to be right abd convincing others of our rightness.... rightness becomes more important than the journey." pp11Summary of Stage 1 - The Recognition of God - humbles us
This first stage is all about faith as the discovery or recognition of God. Driven by a desire or an aching need for greater meaning in life it is characterised by a sense of awe and a sense of innocence. Hagberg speaks about people within this stage of faith being held back or 'caged' by feelings of worthlessness, spiritual bankruptcy, martyrdom, ignorance and to move on there is a need in discipleship to align with a strong group to find a charismatic leader to follow in order to discover the way. This is the beginning of forming within the tribe that becomes what Fowler calls significant others. Through this there is a move from isolation as self worth is accepted.
Hagberg's key questions at this stage are:
How and when did you first recognise God in your life?
How do you experience God most, by awe, a sense of need, nature, or a search for greater meaning?
When have you recognised or felt God strongly in your life?
Hagberg, J. O. (2004). The Critical Journey, Stages in the Life of Faith, Second Edition (2nd ed.). Salem, WI: Sheffield Publishing Company pp 49
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Friday, December 10, 2010
Recently I found myself listening to our Territorial Commander as he outlined TSA's essence and calling to punch holes in the dark; I was more than encouraged. In fact it was the most powerful declaration of mission in a sermon I have ever heard. I'm still trying to processing the impact it had on me and it will remain with me forever.
It was Leslie Newbigin who said something like words without action are dumb.