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Serum: Discussing life and death with strangers

I always enjoy and am inspired by doing the Serum discussions at Greenbelt. If I describe what we do it does not sound like much in terms of ‘putting on an event’ – we welcome everyone,  explain some simple ground rules, have someone give a very brief ‘thought for the day’ and ask a question which is then handed over to the small groups sitting around the tables to discuss and explore before feeding back at the end – yet I am always surprised by how such a simple formula can produce so profound an experience, “humbling and powerful” in the words of the journalist from the Guardian who attended last year.   On reflecting why this is the case I think it is a combination of tackling some of the biggest questions you can ask in an environment of respectful listening, where you are not out to win the argument but to share and learn from different perspectives and  experiences and in so doing start to find commonality as well as difference with others. This year we asked three different questions on the three occasions serum took place: how do our beliefs (whatever these happen to be) relate to and shape the way we actually behave?; do we only really search for god when we are desperate rather than comfortable?; is life all about winning and death all about losing?  In the process of discussing these questions you raise others which go deeper into the issue.

Re. life and death/winning and losing, my group asked how can we fully live in the reality of death which comes to us all, what does a ‘good life’ look like? what does a ‘good death’ look like? How can we process grief and loss?  Would the practice of wakes help us to come to terms with the reality of death by being in the presence of a dead body – how this can offer a strange comfort in that the person is no longer present, it is just the body that is left?

My experience of this discussion was that with the help of the others in my group we were able to look at something we don’t often look at together, a topic that is often avoided and can make us feel uncomfortable.  Serum provided us with some parameters in which to undertake this exploration, to take part in a considered and respectful reflection where the challenge of different perspectives and experiences can be heard in a non-defensive, non-confrontational manner.  At its best this is a process that I find converting in that it causes me to go back and question the way I see things.  It also provides a space in which I begin to find some common ground with others, that by sharing individual experience and thoughts it starts to become possible to share meanings and interpretations of that experience that translate across the divide.

For those interested in these kinds of discussions serum is happening every other Wednesday starting next week – see link for more details.

POSTED 04.09.10 BY: Moot Archive | Comments (3)

Wild Wednesday Events from April to August 2010

Spring is nearly here at last, so we have started to think about some interesting social and artistic events for Wednesday evening gatherings from April to August. We have a mix of socials, arts and discussion for you, including an exclusive private view of a Wall Space event in July. Details below:

Weds 7th April

Art Exhibition at Camden Art Centre, 7.35pm

Map, Info

Tubes: West Hampstead and Finchley Road

Weds 5th May

Drink in a bar on a boat by the Tower of London, 7.35pm

Map, 10mins walk from St Mary Woolnoth

Tubes: Monument and Tower Hill

Weds 2nd June

Discussion with Jonathan Bartley, Director of Ekklesia on the theme of the place of a politics of subversion in the Christian Church.

Venue: St Mary Woolnoth, 7.35pm

Weds 7th July

Private View at Wall Space, with refreshments with a tour led by the Director Meryl Doney from 7.35pm

Tubes: Liverpool Street and Moorgate

Map

Places for Mooters and Moot Friends are Free, but we request that you sign up for a free place, numbers are limited. Please book places by following the link here.

Weds 4th Aug

Gathering by the river for a drink, this time on the Southside of the river, 7.35pm

Venue: Tamesis Dock, Albert Embankment, Vauxhall, London SE1 7TP

Map

Some of us will be getting the 344 bus from The City direct to the boat.

For further information on these events, please click here. The private viewing at Wall Space on 7 July requires people to register. To do so, please click here.

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Little Service

A reflective and contemplative service led by a member of the community lasting less than an hour.

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Moot Weekend Away to Arundel 20-22nd November 2009

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Trinity Twister

As some of you may know, I have been videoing parts of the Greenbelt Festival all weekend this year. As part of that, I made a short film of our all-age worship service, which we called “Trinity Twister”, which you can see here.

We also did a service called “Perpetual Dawn?”, which I have also uploaded various parts of. This is the part where Peter lead a meditation:

You can see all the other videos of the festival that I recorded here – I’m adding more all the time.

POSTED 27.08.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

Unusal Moot Eucharist | 13th July 08

Just to make sure Mooters all know, that we have a special Sunday happening on the 13th July, a combination of a pre-service discussion, baptism and Alt Eucharist. So it is going to be great.

6.30pm – In Moot Cafe area, Jan is going to lead a discussion on the environment, stewardship and Affleunce, title to be sent round soon – so please do come for 6.25pm to engage with this.

7pm – Eucharist Service starts, and in this service, Isla is going to be baptised as an adult, a first for the Moot Eucharist Service.

So please do join us at 6.25pm, slightly earlier than usual.

POSTED 06.07.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Unusal Moot Eucharist | 13th July 08

Unusal Moot Eucharist | 13th July 08

Just to make sure Mooters all know, that we have a special Sunday happening on the 13th July, a combination of a pre-service discussion, baptism and Alt Eucharist. So it is going to be great.

6.30pm – In Moot Cafe area, Jan is going to lead a discussion on the environment, stewardship and Affleunce, title to be sent round soon – so please do come for 6.25pm to engage with this.

7pm – Eucharist Service starts, and in this service, Isla is going to be baptised as an adult, a first for the Moot Eucharist Service.

So please do join us at 6.25pm, slightly earlier than usual.

POSTED 06.07.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Unusal Moot Eucharist | 13th July 08

Prayer Development Day | 25th October | St Saviours Priory

Pleased to say we have finally got our act together regarding a prayer development day. So on Sat 25th October Ian Adams will lead an experiential prayer development day at the beautiful surroundings of St Saviour’s Priory to explore contemplative approaches to prayer to enrich our own spiritual life. For more information or to book places, click here.

It is a common problem for us all to struggle with a personal spiritual life. Many of us struggle to find approaches to personal prayer that feel authentic and resourcing. The resulting danger is then created, where we carry a faith in our head with an inner desert in our heart. In our Rhythm of Life, we acknowledge the need for a sustaining spiritual rhythm that seeks God to resource us, over and above an approach to faith which is dependent on theories, theology and the stuff in our head. This is the great impoverishment of a an overly rational or postmodern approach to spirituality.

It is a great pleasure to have Ian Adams facilitate this day, who is an incredible resource in this who area. See event pages for more information.

POSTED 13.05.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Prayer Development Day | 25th October | St Saviours Priory

Prayer Development Day | 25th October | St Saviours Priory

Pleased to say we have finally got our act together regarding a prayer development day. So on Sat 25th October Ian Adams will lead an experiential prayer development day at the beautiful surroundings of St Saviour’s Priory to explore contemplative approaches to prayer to enrich our own spiritual life. For more information or to book places, click here.

It is a common problem for us all to struggle with a personal spiritual life. Many of us struggle to find approaches to personal prayer that feel authentic and resourcing. The resulting danger is then created, where we carry a faith in our head with an inner desert in our heart. In our Rhythm of Life, we acknowledge the need for a sustaining spiritual rhythm that seeks God to resource us, over and above an approach to faith which is dependent on theories, theology and the stuff in our head. This is the great impoverishment of a an overly rational or postmodern approach to spirituality.

It is a great pleasure to have Ian Adams facilitate this day, who is an incredible resource in this who area. See event pages for more information.

POSTED 13.05.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments Off on Prayer Development Day | 25th October | St Saviours Priory

God & our Work – Gareth Powell

Last night was a bit of a little reunion. Gareth Powell came back to the Moot Eucharist to give the homily addressing the issue of God and Work. It was extremely good, and has been made available for podcast. If you have not subscribed to moot podcasts and want to hear it, click here
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Personally I was challenged by Gareth’s thoughts about vocation and work, and then thinking about work in the context of our Rhythm of Life. At last we have started to have live music, Dorethe and Trine led some Taize chants using the new piano – horraahh. Now we just need to sort out visuals! Good to see you Gareth, don’t leave it too long before we see you again.

POSTED 12.05.08 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)