A few weeks ago I penned a piece that began with Peter Oulds assertion that ‘Evangelicals need a better story’ in regard to how situations of LGBT are dealt with, and the piece ended with my own story of growing up evangelical, and the predominant silence on the issue, a silence which meant that as a young person I had no way of assessing the … Continue reading LGBT and the Christian Story (Part 2) – Might drama make for a better evangelical story?
Why is it that young people are often involved in committees at schools, as young as primary school, given responsibility in ‘anti-bullying’ campaigns, tasked with being peer mentors, and encouraged to have their view on school councils within school – and yet in churches they’re often just given a picture to colour in and an activity to do? Thats a statement I say alot. And … Continue reading Is our concept of participation, in youth ministry, too small?
Bear with me (non U2 fans) , but now im post 40, i can quote U2 lyrics… I believe in the Kingdom Come Then all the colours will bleed into one Bleed into one. But yes, I’m still running. You broke the bonds And you loosed the chains Carried the cross of my shame Oh my shame, you know I believe it. But I still … Continue reading I still might not have found what im looking for, but finding might be in the searching
One of the Key stereotypes of a youth worker is their underpreparedness. Turning up late for meetings, with no notes. Planning the youth group on the way there in the car, so that no one knows whats going on. In the following video, there are a number of youth worker stereotypes, the ‘tardy’ youth worker is often the one that most people relate to. On … Continue reading Learning to improvise within Christian Youth work & Ministry.
This blog will inevitably contain spoilers! You have been warned, so if you are heading to go and see La La Land, look away now. However, if you want to know why you should go and see it, and dont mind hearing a little about what its about then read on. This week, as a bit of a celebration for getting a part of my … Continue reading 8 Reasons for youthworkers to watch La La Land
This morning i was listening to the recent podcast by the fine chaps of the church of the wittertainment , hello to jason if thats an in-joke you’re aware of, in the recent podcast one of the presenters had to start the show before the other was in the studio, and so half way through a sentence Mark Kermode sort of interrupted and joined in. … Continue reading Entrances and Exits
Ive got to admit, the last two football seasons have been a nightmare in our house. We have 2 1/2 Middlesbrough fans (I’m the 1/2), two seasons of hovering around the play off places all season, or being nearly at the top, every game is important, every game is tense, every game means something, every game support is required and either I or members of … Continue reading Being part of church to change the local world
Have you noticed how important you are right now? How crucial you are to this perfect moment, this dialogue between me, and you. You might be in the bath, on the toilet, in bed, in your lounge or on a train, but you right now are really important. Because I am speaking to you. I’m not writing about a thing, a theory or a reflection, … Continue reading Increasing participation beyond the fourth wall
“Each conversation is like a small piece of theatre, and within it we acquire a role” (Wardhaugh 1985) “Theatre happens when someone offers something- word or deed-to another” (Vanhoozer, 2010:43) I have a small confession to make; over the last 3-4 years i have developed a routine when I train detached youthworkers, volunteers or students even, when it comes to thinking about detached youthwork, especially … Continue reading Theatrical Conversations on the streets
In thinking about street based, or should I broaden this and say public theatrical performance, I’m drawn again to the remarkable theatrical performances of Jesus in the stage of the public arena. His audience wasn’t the gladiatorial amphitheatre, but it was the crowd from the boat, the crowd of the mountain, the baying crowd, the small group, the moment of conflict with religious leaders, or … Continue reading Did Jesus do Holy Theatre?