Friday, November 30, 2012

Friday, November 23, 2012

Erasing the line...

I am currently enjoying the challenges of Miroslav Volf to engage in mission that sees our expression of love as a being 'Against the Tide'. Volf introduces what it is to erase the line that divides those with hope from those without hope as a means of securing justice. Sitting around and talking about it doesn't secure justice, actively erasing those lines is what mission is all about. First step look for the lines - where are they?

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

How is my neighbour...

This looks like it will be well worth booking in for

How is my neighbour

@ The Salvation Army, Sutton

Across our communities trust is eroding, stress is increasing and inequality is on the up. How do we love our neighbours when we don’t know who or how they are? This day is to be the start of a conversation about how Christians can act creatively to increase the ‘livability’ of our communities.

 The day will include:

  •  Plenary session on a theology of Livable communities and rediscovering shalom in the 21st Century. 
  • 8 inspiring presentations on models of intervention to increase wellbeing in our communities. 
  • A 60 minute taster of Livability’s new Happiness Course for community groups 
  • An exciting and interactive exhibition of organizations with resources to help your work Creative networking opportunities throughout the day 
  • Tools for you to take away and utilise in your own context 


"How is my neighbour?" is a huge question and the title of a new conference led by Livability. With over 160 years experience working with disabled and disadvantaged people we see more than ever the need to really ask this question holistically in our communities. More than just asking the question though we need an integrated theology and strategic interventions rather than just random projects if we want to help local people bring about lasting community change. We have created this event to be a resource and would be delighted if you could join with us, help our learning and encourage a movement.

Please see below for the event blurb and booking information.

Let me know if you would like any further information. If this isn't for you or you can't make this particular event please FWD to someone else.

Thanks a lot, Adam

Adam Bonner Director of Community Mission
Livability 50 Scrutton Street London EC2A 4XQ
Tel: 020 7452 2017 Mobile: 07917 769003 Fax: 020 7452 2001
Web: www.communitymission.org.uk and www.livability.org.uk
Livability is the new face of John Grooms and the Shaftesbury Society

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Jim Lepage

Thanks Mark for introducing me to Jim Lepage and Word Bible Designs.

A really useful resource, clever, insightful and beautiful!


Wednesday, November 07, 2012

#Fit4mission

"Christians particularly in the western world have for a long time been divided between "epistles people" and "gospels people". The epistles people have thought of Christianity primarily on terms of Jesus's death and resurrection saving us from our sins. The gospels people have thought in terms of following Jesus in feeding the Hungry, helping the poor, and so on the epistles people have often found it difficult to give a clear account of what was going on in jesus's kingdom announcement and his call to his followers to be perfect. The gospels people have often found it difficult to explain why the Jesus who was doing this had to die and die so soon. This either keeping does no justice to Jesus himself who through his death and resurrection was able to establish the kingdom he had already begun to inaugurate." Wright, N. T. (2010:96). Virtue reborn . London: Society for Promoting Christian

Monday, November 05, 2012

#fit4mission

"The Church as the body of Christ, as Christ living in the world, has a larger task than to support, nurture, and guide its own members. It is also called to be a witness for the love of God made visible in Jesus. Before his death Jesus prayed for his followers, "As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world" (John 17:18). Part of the essence of being the Church is being a living witness for Christ in the world." Henri Nouwen

Friday, November 02, 2012

‎”And suddenly, I looked at the bull...."


This has been floating around the internet for a while, whether true or not there is power in the picture and the words.

This photo supposedly* shows the collapse of Torrero Alvaro Munera, as he realized in the middle of the his last fight… the injustice to the animal. From that day forward he became an opponent of bullfights.

”And suddenly, I looked at the bull. He had this innocence that all animals have in their eyes, and he looked at me with this pleading. It was like a cry for justice, deep down inside of me. I describe it as being like a prayer – because if one confesses, it is hoped, that one is forgiven..."

* the real matador is supposedly Francisco Javier Sánchez Vara, while the words associated with it were supposedly written by Antonio Gala Velasco! (here)