Christ, Friend God and the Kin-dom Podcast

In her last gift to the Moot Community, Jemma Allen explores ‘Christ, Friend God and the Kin-dom’ in the Moot Eucharist on Sun 11th October. Jemma is off back to New Zealand tomorrow. I am really grateful for all that she has brought to the Moot Community and to me personally. So do listen to this important podcast which goes deep into our ethos and focus of the Moot Community.

Friendship is not some gimmick that we can market as a way of successfully living a Christian life. It is not even primarily about about an act of will or making friendships in a calculating way. Friendship as a spiritual practice, as the mark of a disciple, as a proclamation of the Good News of the Reign of God – this friendship is about entering into authentic relationships, relationships of vulnerability and trust, relationships of mutuality and care. In allowing ourselves to be affected by who we live with and how we live with them, by the gifts we receive in and from our friends, we open ourselves to being transformed by love and so enlarging the realm of God: the kinship and new community proclaimed by Christ. That, my friends, would be Good News!


POSTED 12.10.09 BY: paulabbott | Comments (5)

5 Responses to “Christ, Friend God and the Kin-dom Podcast”

  1. On October 12th, 2009 at 10:15 pm Paul Fromont said:

    Thanks for making the podcast available Ian. I shall enjoy listening to it.

    p.s. I found your interview with Abbot Stuart Burns fascinating.

    Hope all is well with you.

  2. On October 14th, 2009 at 10:11 am grace said:

    Jemma, so great to have had you with us, thanks for sharing so much wonderful stuff from your great mind and great heart. G x

  3. On October 16th, 2009 at 11:37 pm Kerry Dawkins said:

    Hi Jemma

    really sorry i did not ever meet ypu, but I hear you have made quite an impression on mooters. One query I have concerning the text I have never understood. Jesus says I no longer call you servants, if you do what I command. Isn't there a paradox there – command is a power relationship, how is that compatible with friendship which you define as equitable. How is command not using a hierarchal and power relationship. It may be me, but the text seems to send a mixed message – help me.

  4. On October 19th, 2009 at 6:46 pm Jemma said:

    Hi Kerry, I want to write a thoughtful rather than off the cuff response to this – I've even looked up the Greek! But I have a big deadline this afternoon and will be away from home. After my plane lands tomorrow and I have an afternoon of meetings I will come back to this and try and do it justice. Of course I would just say briefly that love can never be commanded in the sense that to be authentic love it must always be free. However I want to look at the Hebrew tradition of commandments and write about this apparent paradox more thoroughly – just bear with me as this first week back at work is all slightly mad!!

  5. On October 20th, 2009 at 4:27 pm Kerry Dawkins said:

    Thanks Jemma, I await with interest