A few thoughts on the above One of the books that I have loved reading recently has been ‘The Sacred Enneagram’ by Christopher L Heurtz, and whilst I would have been sceptical a few years ago about many of the Myers-briggs/Enneagram type psychological things, reading it, after a few others on the Enneagram, at a time in my life in which I have been open … Continue reading Praying the drama
Whisper it quietly, there is a new ‘youth obsession taking over’ , as every week since Boxing Day, 1,000’s of young people in the UK have been hearing a story of hope, of life, of inclusion, dance and controversy. No they haven’t been attending churches, or signing up to ‘old labour’ , it is not a superhero film, or Pixars latest, no, many young people … Continue reading Why is The Greatest Showman is providing joy to young people?
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
A couple of articles have prompted this reflection. The first one is here, a slightly typical Guardian article posted at the end of the Olympics and the start of the football season. It highlighted that the Olympics, and most sports apart from Football, and probably Cricket and Golf; there is the need for the Sport to educate, to reflect for us, the audience to be … Continue reading Life in the scenes – not just in the journey.
Outnumbered was a ground breaking BBC family orientated Sitcom. Its contemporaries were the then starting to date ‘2 point 4 Children’, which like many sitcoms, relied heavily on scripted, rehearsed dialogue. Outnumbered was different. It gave space for the children to act, and perform, and everyone else in the scene reacted to the moments of improvisation by the children. Yes themes were set, yes the … Continue reading If the church’s days are numbered, is its future Outnumbered?
” The Church is a theatre of the Gospel in a double sense; the space designed for the performance of plays (place) and the lived presentation of dramatic action (people)…. The Mission of the local church is to constitute itself as a theatre of the gospel, walking the way of Jesus Christ across the stage of the world” (Vanhoozer 2014; 170, 172) So what you … Continue reading What if church really is the ‘Theatre of the Gospel’ ?
It’s a bit of a late one this; Saturdays blog is written and its one that im a bit nervous of. Sometimes thats the adrenaline of writing and sharing thoughts, waiting for reactions or feedback. Thats what the world is now isnt it, a lengthy diatribe of opinion and im as much in that world. Anyway this week is nearly ended, first week back at … Continue reading January journal 1; first week back
Last Friday night as a very late Birthday present (my birthday was in March) I went to see Milton Jones at Middlesbrough Town Hall on his Temple of daft tour. The first time I have been to see live comedy. The first time I have been so close to the front of a live show (fourth row) and in the middle, the first time I have … Continue reading A night with Milton Jones, and reflection on interactive Theodrama
“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