An Accidental Epiphany: Mirror, Body and Self

You know the feeling when you have an epiphany moment all out of the blue? well that was me this morning. Im aware the following image might put many of you off your tea, or breakfast or supper. So, you are warned. But after weirdly having a bath last night, i was standing in the bathroom this morning, almost naked in front of the mirror. … Continue reading An Accidental Epiphany: Mirror, Body and Self

Personal Vulnerability, through the storm

It would be easy to wait until the garden was full of roses, until the stream was calm, and until the struggles of life were over, and a sense of victory, progress or achievement was gained, to write this kind of thing. The ‘salvation’ story of transformation, looking back and how I could chart all the moments, doing so from the point of view of … Continue reading Personal Vulnerability, through the storm

Can the church be vulnerable in its communities if it is fearful of its existence?

This post is a response to my previous on Mission and ‘Vulnerability’, which provoked a few questions, these were a few of them: ‘As a youth worker I see these as our daily bread, what have we forgotten in the church, that we are so fearful of the community and having our lives laid bare?’ and ‘it is so much more tempting to rely on … Continue reading Can the church be vulnerable in its communities if it is fearful of its existence?

Vulnerability as the starting point of community transformation

“But that might mean we have to be vulnerable” I was at a gathering of people this week, mostly clergy, and the subject within it was about conversations, and creating opportunities to have conversations with people. The kind of thing that detached youthwork is pretty much uniquely and solely about. Ideas flung across the room, such as chatting to people who were waiting at the … Continue reading Vulnerability as the starting point of community transformation