Sunday, March 30, 2014

LENT Photo #22 'Postcode'

   Today is a day for exploring the idea that 'God's Spirit' always has an address or a context in which God is active in the world. What difference does this make? How is 'good news' shaped, perceived and communicated...?
Indeed on Saturday we participated in an excellent workshop led by Clive Pearson and exploring the most important question and critical task for any Christian from Mark 8 when Jesus queries "who do people say that I am?.... Who do you say that I am? [where the 'you' is plural and implies an idea like, 'by what you say and do and how you are a community', who do you say that I am?] We explored the idea 'who is my neighbour?' and who they 'say' Jesus is... how do the communities in which we live 'speak of' Jesus...
   We spent time exploring theology around Jesus humanity and divinity through well known hymns and the Apostle's Creed noting the huge gap "born of the Virgin Mary ....... suffered under Pontius Pilate" and formed 4th C Councils in table groups to fill in the ....... and we considered the flow ons and challenges if that had been done and experienced the conversation of attempting to to do that as a group... in just a brief time.
   In considering 'our neighbour' we were 'having a go' at doing that with a theological lens, not social data, but also eventually thinking about their hurts and hopes and what 'good news' might look like for them...
   We spent time in the latter part of the workshop, writing our own 'Epistle' having done some work on the particularity of Paul's Letters... especially thinking about how they were addressed to a community/church, addressing particular issues and offering exhortations and blessings. These community contexts and the issues Paul was addressing are important in exploring these writings which also all predate the 'Gospels'... It's even interesting to remember who he asked to be remembered to and the way these letters would have been read aloud from start to finish. All that has relevance for how we understand Paul's writing.

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