Tag: fresh expressions
Well its 2013 and Moot began as a missional community at the Parish Church of St Matthews Westminster 10 years ago as a collective of those who felt called to form a new form of missional community. In time this grew into the New Monastic Community that Moot now is at its home at the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary in the City of London. This is no small achievement which was and is a challenge to sustain, but is a sign of what is possible through God’s love, vision, hard work and participation in a real community.
This evening we are really pleased that Bp Graham Cray is joining us to speak at our evening Eucharist service, so come mooted or not!
Book Review: The Hospitality of God, Emerging Worship for a Missional Church by M Perham and M Gray-Reeves
For those that remember, two Bishops visited a number fresh expressions/emerging churches in the USA and UK including the Moot Community, Bps Michael Perham (CofE) and Mary Gray-Reeves (Episcopal Church) collaborated over this important book. It is a great and positive read. After the il-informed polemic and parody written in the book ‘For the Parish’ it is great to read an obviously informed book sensitively handled by those deeply rooted in the Anglican tradition gathered through participation and dialogue with the subject matter, (we remember that the authors of ‘For the Parish’ gathered their information through google searches and never visited a single project!). Moot and the Church of the Apostles in the US have a lot of coverage, as do a number of other fresh expressions of the church. The book is really refreshing, insightful, questioning and engaging, and a great read for those involved, exploring or interested in the whole area of liturgy, formation and the worship life of emerging and fresh expressions of the church. Well done Michael and Mary, this is an excellent book – for a link to Amazon click here
In this the first of 3 podcasts recorded on the 1st Febrary 2011 at the London Centre for Spirituality for the launch of the new book New Monasticism as fresh expressions of the church (Second book in the Ancient Faith Future Mission Series), a panel of practitioners and missioners discuss the importance of New Monasticism. In this first podcast we hear from Bishop Graham Cray, the Archbishops Missioner and Leader for Fresh Expressions, Andy Freeman of the 24-7 Prayer Network and Reconcile New Monastic Community in Reading, Tessa Holland of the Contemplative Fire Community, Aaron Kennedy of the Moot Community and Diane Kershaw of the Order of Mission.
Really pleased to see that Stephen Cottrell has been nominated for becoming the next Bishop of Chelmsford. Bp Stephen is a great Bishop and a major encourager to me personally, Moot and fresh expressions of church drawing on the contemplative and catholic anglican traditions. This is great news for any Emerging and Fresh Expressions of Church in East London and Essex. He just gets the importance of Mission and Evangelism in our post-secular post-christendom context.
I was hoping that he may be nominated for Southwark Diocese, to help that Diocese face and embrace the need for emerging and fresh expressions of church within South London, but at least he may be involved with an aspect of London’s life.
Chelmsford, you are a very fortunate Diocese!
For the beginning of the last week of Lent, we have published an interview with Brother Samuel, the leading Friar of the Anglican Franciscans in England. Like Abbot Stuart, Brother Samuel is very wise. Here Brother Samuel discusses Franciscan Spirituality, the life of St Francis of Assisi and New Monasticism, with some very helpful advice to Moot. Listen to the podcast here.
I’m really pleased to say that the first book of the Series Ancient Faith Future Mission is now on Sale in a North American version in the USA. This includes the original authors Rowan Williams, Stephen Cottrell, Ian Adams, Sue Wallace, Karen Ward, Brian McLaren Richard Giles, Carl Turner, Phyllis Tickle, Paige Blair, Michael Volland, Philip Roderick and Tessa Holland, Karen Ward, Simon Rundell and Abbot Stuart Burns. But additionally includes chapters by Thomas Brackett, Stephanie Spellers, Christopher Ashley, Marie Harkey and Kirsten Wesselhoeft.
On February 3rd, Martin Newell who is a member of the Catholic Worker movement in the UK, and Trident Ploughshares, came to discuss the essence of community and his own personal story with the Moot Community. The choices Martin has made and his insights from his faith are rich and challenging. The catholic worker movement offers great wisdom concerning ‘being counter cultural’ to a world obsessed with the free market and competition. A disposition that always oppresses the poor and the vulnerable. This podcast includes the discussions between the moot community and Martin.
Click here to listen to the podcast. This is the second podcast from Martin, scroll down below to listen to the conversation between Martin and Ian Mobsby.
At the Alt Eucharist Service of the Moot Community on the 14th February 2010, Clare Catford explores the whole issue of seeking God in the details of life. This importantly includes the difficulties of living, in our journeys of human becoming. We do not need to feel ashamed or hidden. We are all broken, and it is helpful to live out the struggles of our lives in community, where others can encourage us to be whole both emotionally and physically. Hiding your struggles and shame can become toxic, that prevent wellbeing and a healthy spirituality. God loves us, even in our brokenness.
Apologies for the slight interference in this recording. We have worked out why, and it won’t happen in future recordings.
In the second of two events, Dave Tomlinson leads a Moot Wednesday evening gathering to discuss his new book Re-enchanting Christianity. Dave explored the idea of a ‘second innocence’ developed by a number theologians, to explore the reconstruction of a faith that can engage with the reality of the twenty first century. For more information on Dave’s book, click here. Dave has been a major support to the Moot Community. We hope to develop greater links between St Lukes Church Holloway and the Moot Community. Click here to listen to the podcast.
People are no less spiritual today than they were in the past, but they are a lot less religious – at least, in a formal sense. A disconnect has ocurred between religion and spirituality: people no longer see religion or Church as the natural setting in which to explore or express their spiritual aspirations. So they are drifting away from churches in droves. However, they are not doing so because they no longer believe in God, or because they have no hunger or interest in the spiritual aspect of life, but because, in their experience of Church, they are neither finding a faith they can believe in, not an existential spirituality that can sustain their souls in an age of anxiety and estrangement.