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Advent Sessions: 4 The Laboratory of the Spirit by Dave Tomlinson

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In this fourth of four podcasts Dave Tomlinson explores the theme ‘The Laboratory of the Spirit.’ Where and what is the spiritual quest today, and how do we engage with it? Why are many non-churchgoers more spiritually intelligent than some churchgoers? How can the church become a more effective laboratory of the Spirit? This podcast was recorded in the Moot Advent Sessions at Moot’s home, the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in Central London, UK. For more info on Moot see www.moot.uk.net.

The session began with exploring the place of Spiritual Intelligence, and drawing on his newly published book, A Bad Christian Manifesto, the session drew on Chapter 4. Dave explored the theme that spiritual intelligence is not the same as being deeply rooted in a religious tradition. The two are not synonymous. In fact all too often being religious in Christianity can come across as lacking in any spiritual intelligence.

Dave defined spiritual intelligence in terms of attributes:
– Self-awareness: a grasp of what makes us tick, in terms of values and motivations.
– Constancy: consistency in following our deepest convictions and values – even when it means standing against the crowd.
– Spontaneity: staying alive in the moment and responding to what each moment presents.
– Empathy: identifying with others and sharing in their feelings.
– Humility: a measured sense of our own place in the wider scheme of things.
– Curiosity: the motivation to explore – especially the ‘why?’ questions.
– Flexibility: standing back from a situation or problem to see the bigger picture, and make necessary readjustments.
– Resilience: remaining positive in the face of adversity; learning and growing from mistakes and setbacks.
– Groundedness: a sense of bearing and purpose.
– Receptivity: staying open and welcoming toward diversity and difference.

Dave’s books ‘Bad Christian’ and ‘Bad Christian Manifesto’ are on sale through the Moot bookstall, click here.

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Advent Sessions: 3 Just a slob like one of us by Dave Tomlinson

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Dave Tomlinson explores the theme of ‘Just a Slob Like One of Us?’ What is the abiding significance of the historic figure of Jesus, and where is Christ in our world today? Is Christianity his true legacy, or should we look elsewhere for that? Who or what is Jesus Christ for us today?

This podcast was recorded in the Moot Advent Sessions at Moot’s home, the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in Central London, UK. For more info on Moot see www.moot.uk.net

Dave’s books ‘Bad Christian’ and ‘Bad Christian Manifesto’ are on sale through the Moot bookstall, click here.

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Looking towards Advent, the Incarnation as the hope of humanity by Vanessa Elston

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In this podcast of the Moot Eucharist Service on the Second Sunday before Advent on Sunday 17th November 2013, Vanessa Elston explores the theme of the Incarnation as the hope of humanity.

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Advent Course 2013: The hope of the Incarnation. Finding ourselves in the humanity of Jesus

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The incarnation is the foundation of Christian hope.    

The focus for this years Advent course aims to explore the implications of the mystery of the humanity of God as the hope of a renewed sense for our selves. We hope that this course will inspire and resource those who attend with a deeper theological understanding and experience of God.

This event will be at 7.15pm on Tuesday Evenings, and 1pm most Wednesdays and one Tuesday lunchtimes.

For the Tuesday Evenings please bring food to share.  Each of the sessions will be stand alone.

Sesssion 1: Freedom to Say Yes  – Mary’s hope   (Tues 19th Nov 7.15pm, Weds 20th 12-midday)

Session 2:  Embraced and Redeemed – the humanity of Jesus (Tues 26th Nov 1pm and 7.15pm)

Session 3: Embraced and Redeemed – the divinity of  Jesus (Tues 3rd Dec 7.15pm, Weds 4th 1pm)

Session 4: Adoption and Participation – the hope of humanity (Tues 11th Dec 7.15pm, Weds 12th 1pm)

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Advent: Real and lasting change by Ian Mobsby

On Sunday 16th Dec 2012 on the 3rd Sunday of Advent, Ian Mobsby explores the theme of ‘Advent and real and lasting change’. In the Gospel of Luke 3:7-18 Ian explores the importance of how we live and sincerity of heart called for by John the Baptist. The climax of this text seems to be a call to loving kindness in the way we live as the first call to the Kingdom of God, which is modelled through economic justice. This links to a conversation in the new film The Hobbit:

In a striking phrase the Dwarf leader asks Gandolf the Grey how people face and live with the current darkness and evil – to which he responds – I find that it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay … small acts of kindness and love.

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Advent Course 2012: Who do you say I am?

Weds 5th Dec 7.30pm. For this year’s Advent Course, and running into next year, we are going to explore what is sometimes called the Jesus ‘I AM’ metaphorical statements’ that are recorded in the Gospel of John. These are particularly interesting, because they explore the divinity rather than the humanity of Jesus. We will explore these on four consecutive nights in Advent, and on 3 Wednesday evenings in the New Year. We will also explore how these seven I AM Statements have implications for our spiritual wholeness from a distinctly Christian pathway, opening up the Christian faith in practice.

Dates: 5th December, 12th December, 19th December, 9th January, 16th January, 23rd January

Introduction

When Jesus uses the words ‘I AM’ as recorded in the Gospel of John, he is making a deliberate connection with a Jewish understanding of the divinity of God. In the ancient Hebrew Covenant, God self-revealed his name as ‘YAHWEH’ or ‘JEHOVAH’ which conveys the meaning ‘I AM WHAT I AM’. In the Old Testament of the Judeo-Christian Bible, the naming of God begins with the phrase ‘I AM…’. So when Jesus uses this phraseology in the Gospel of John, it has huge implications concerning Jesus’ self-understanding of his divinity, and for a particularly Christian understanding of the nature of God.

In Chapter 4 of the Gospel of John, we hear Jesus saying this for the first time when he self-identifies with being the Messiah with a divine nature in a pastoral encounter (John 4:26) “Jesus said to her,’I AM he, the one who is speaking to you.”

So we will explore the 7 ‘I AM’ statements, and explore the implications of these claims regarding the Christian faith.

These sessions will have some input, dialogue and some form of experiential spiritual response.

POSTED 20.11.12 BY: ianmobsby | Comments (2)

Advent 4, Do not be afraid to look for joy in unexpected places by Vanessa Elston

As part of this years art, spirituality and reflections on Advent, Vanessa Elston leads this fourth and final podcast exploring the theme of ‘Do not be afraid to look for joy in unexpected places’.  This year the Moot Community at St Mary Aldermary are hosting a number of spiritual events to promote engagement with the season.  For more details on this, see the Events section of the Moot Website www.moot.uk.net

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The mystery of Advent

As with Lent, I hadn’t really considered Advent very much, growing up in a non-conformist, non-liturgical church.

This year, I’ve found myself learning a few things about advent, almost by accident.

Firstly, I saw a status update on Facebook from Canon Andrew White (“Vicar of Baghdad”) casually mentioning that advent wasn’t about preparing for Christmas, but for the coming again of the messiah. Maybe I’m a bit slow, but I’d never realised this before.

Then, on the day the teachers were striking, I was able to take the kids to a wonderful service at a local Anglican church (St Thomas’s, Telford Ave) called “Prayers & Bears”, aimed specifically for pre-school kids. It included a 1-sentence advent prayer, which we were given on a slip of paper.

Finally, I was preparing an afternoon service for advent, using the Godly Play materials which included the following:

“Purple is the colour of kings and queens. No one could wear purple in those days except royal people. Purple is a serious colour, and something serious is about to happen, A King is coming, but he is not the kind of king that people thought was coming…This King was a baby who was born in a barn.

The King who was coming is still coming. This is full of mystery. A mystery is hard to enter sometimes. That is why this time of Advent is so important. Sometimes people can walk right through a mystery and not even know it is there…We are all getting ready to enter the mystery of  Christmas, so let’s go with the prophets, the Holy Family, the shepherds, the angels, the Magi and all the rest to make the journey that was not just back then. It is also now.”

(see how profound a “kids'” service can be – come on Sunday afternoon for more, with carols thrown in!)

So, I decided that the chocolate advent calendar wasn’t enough any more. We now have a candle, stuck in a wine bottle with the prayer wrapped round it. Every morning, once the chocolate calendar is out of the way, I light the candle and the kids (aged 3 & 6) say the prayer:

Watching, waiting, help me to be ready for you Jesus. Amen

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Advent 3, Do not be afraid to respond to love by Ian Mobsby

As part of this years art, spirituality and reflections on Advent, Ian Mobsby leads this third podcast exploring the theme of ‘Do not be afraid to respond to love’.  This year the Moot Community at St Mary Aldermary are hosting a number of spiritual events to promote engagement with the season.  For more details on this, see the Events section of the Moot Website www.moot.uk.net

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Advent Waiting ….

Advent and preparation for Christmas is not any easy time of year.  So rather than getting stressed and over working, we suggest getting to the things that matter, and that is the spiritual significance of the season.  So Moot has provided a number of events to try and help you get beyond the frantic to get to the substance.

1. Drop into St Mary Aldermary to reflect using Art

We have created a booklet and have two piece of art per week (building in number as advent increases), so why not drop in when you can.  The Church is open from 7.3o to 6pm most days. For more information click here

2. Come to our Advent Carols by candlelight at St Mary Aldermary

On Tuesday 13th 6.30pm for refreshments and nibbles 7.15pm start, we have our official St Mary Aldermary Carol Service.  This year we have professional singers, musicians and readers.  So come along… click here for more info.

3. Informal Carols and Christmas Service

On Sunday 18th December 3 for 3.30pm, we have our final service before Christmas.  This will be a time for informal carols around a simple service.  This is aimed to accommodate families, children and everyone, so please do come along. Click here for info at end of page.

As well as the events, there is something quite healthy about having to wait.  We hate it in a consumptive instant culture, but there something about having time to prepare, to seek things out. What are we waiting for?  Well I think it is about getting beyond all the business, to realise that the heart of living is about love, and it is love that lies behind the surface of Advent.  Learning to love ourselves, loving others, and loving God, and to do this we need to get deeper into who we are, and Advent demands that we do… As Thomas Merton Said…

They have reduced themselves to a life lived within the limits of their five senses… but it is not the bodies fault. It is the fault of the person [themself], who consents to the illusion, who finds security in self-deception and will not answer the secret voice of God calling [them] to take a risk and venture by faith outside the reassuring and protective limits of his five senses. (New Seeds, pp. 27-28)] (Merton, New Seeds of Contemplation, (New Directions, 1961), pp. 34-35).

So let us get beyond the surface to the heart of the matter as Advent beacons us to do.

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