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Leaving Service for Ian Mobsby: Restoration and healing by Gareth Powell

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At the Sunday Evening Moot Eucharist Service for the 4th Sunday of the Season of Trinity, Gareth Powell explores the theme of the lectionary gospel, Mark 5.21-43. This was the last service that Ian Mobsby as the Priest Missioner and Priest in Charge of the Moot Community of the Guid Church of St Mary Aldermary presided at after 13 years of his ministry with the Moot Community. This Eucharist Service celebrated the birthing and life of Moot and specifically the ministry of Ian Mobsby.

Gareth Powell is a former Mooter and now Ordained Priest Missioner in the Church of England who is in the process of founding a sister new monastic community in Streatham South London called the Community of St Margaret the Queen in the Diocese of Southwark. Ian Mobsby leaves to plant a new monastic community in Peckham, as well as becoming the Priest in Charge of St Lukes Church Peckham, and Parish Mission Enabler for the Episcopal area of Woolwich in the Diocese of Southwark. For more information on Ian’s ministry please see www.ianmobsby.net

This podcast was recorded on Sunday 28th June 2015.

POSTED 03.07.15 BY: Moot Archive | Comments Off on Leaving Service for Ian Mobsby: Restoration and healing by Gareth Powell

Cambridge Greetings

Well the Powell’s are settling into Cambridge nicely. We even had our internet and tv connected today so I can blog again.

College begins next week and I am already looking forward to causing trouble ermmm I mean learning about the great Anglican tradition. I’m obviously hoping for a bit of a makeover (pictured).

Phillipa and I are missing you mooters terribly so if anyone fancies coming up to Cambridge at any point or is passing through let us know we would love to meet up 🙂

POSTED 21.09.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (3)

Southwark Cathedral Alt.Worship Service UPDATE

Well the service is done and dusted. Have to say that I thought it went very well. About 25 people turned up – which is pretty good for a first time. Everything went pretty smoothly and people seemed genuinely moved by the rituals and the liturgy.

Canon Michael Hart left out some feedback forms so we could get an idea about how people felt the service went – from the quick glance I gave them it seemed very positive. Although one person commented that the language in the liturgy was very ‘street’ – but they were glad that young people were being drawn into the church because of it.

We then went off for a quick bevvy which was also good. Found myself chatting to a gentleman who was confirmed at St Matthew’s before it was burnt down – wow!

We have a group of about 4-5 people who will continue this little venture – I think Southwark is the perfect spot for something like this. So hopefully a nice little community can emerge here in the next 6-10 months.

Next service will take the theme of ‘light’ and will be on Tuesday 8th May also in the Harvard Chapel at Southwark Cathedral.

POSTED 19.03.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (2)

faith in politics

Today as I was working at home I stuck on the debate about the renewal of the submarine system Trident (the launch vehicle for the UK’s nuclear weapons capacity). I put it on the telly at about 2pm and didn’t switch it off till the two votes had occurred at about 7.30pm. I know, over FIVE hours of listening to politicians.

But you know what I found? Some quite stimulating debate. Honest and logical argument on both sides of the discussion. Passionate pleas for an acceleration of our disarmament process, as well as passionate pleas for us to keep out nuclear option.

I was quite amazed. Parliament does get a really bad press – MP’s apparently know very little; are not interested in due process and generally toe the line. Well all this may well be true sometimes but it wasn’t in evidence today (I know it’s probably because of the nature of what was being discussed).

At college I toyed with the idea of doing an MA in the Politics of Globalisation (I even got a place on the course but then met my wife to be). The idea was to do this over a year and then get a job as a civil servant and work my way up the political ladder. However, I quickly decided that I had lost confidence in our political systems and decided against this path. (I now see the irony in all this in my going forward for ordination in the Church of England.)

Today I think some of my faith has been restored – it wasn’t all about towing the political line – rather it was people passionately arguing on behalf of (sometimes using the language of) their constituents. Good stuff!

So for anyone who has no faith in politics – turn on the live Parliament channel (on a BBC channel on Freeview) you might occasionally find your faith increasing.

POSTED 14.03.07 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Centre

Pleased to say that Amnesty International continue to pursue the campaign to close the illegal detention of those affected by the Guantanamo Bay travesty. For those who attended the Big Service on Sunday on the theme of ‘accountability’ and in particular the section on ‘societal accountability’, this issue is pertinent. Please consider supporting Amnesty on this campaign – see here.


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Glimmers of Hope for us all


Just heard on the Radio about a new station launching tonight, SalaamShalom Radio is hoping to celebrate the rich and intertwined history of both Judaism and Islam. How incredibly refreshing to hear of something as prophetic and hopeful especially given the times we are in. I think there is a lot we can all gain from these initiatives and we can all take inspiration for such inter-paradigmatic dialogue.

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moot eucharist II

We did our second eucharist service the other week and were reflecting on the economics of the eucharist. It was a really good turnout, bolstered by 20 danish youth workers. For a flavour of the service you can read the homily here.

For this term we have been exploring the Eucharist and the city. We still have two services left this term which will also explore different areas of city life. Its great to be able to celebrate the eucharist together in a way that blends the traditional and the contemporary. So thank the Lord for Ian’s magic hands!

POSTED 25.10.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

And for further amusement….


I received an amusing website from a friend and upstanding member of the Church of England establishment, concerning the ‘University of Bums on seats’, enjoy…. no reference to particular fundamentalist approaches to evangelism intended… see here

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Howies and ecological stewardship


Stumbled across these guys (thanks JB). They are two designer who, inspired by Howies, have set up their own t-shirt company producing some great designs on a nice range of eco-friendly cotton t-shirts. Here is what they have to say about eco-friendly t-shirts and why they are important…

‘It might amaze you to know that most ‘100%’ cotton t-shirts are only 73% cotton with the rest made up of chemicals (and their residue e.g. pesticides and formaldehyde). It takes approximately 17 teaspoons of pesticides alone to grow enough cotton to make one T-shirt.

Most of the chemicals used to grow and manufacture a normal cotton T-shirt are on the World Health Organisation’s ‘moderately hazardous’ list and two are known to be on their ‘highly hazardous’ list, due to them being carcinogenic, but they are still used!’

Its great to see that the ethical entrepreneurial spirit is still alive and well, one day I hope moot will have a great range of eco-friendly hoodies and t’s – maybe we should partner up?! In the meantime I think I might fancy one of their t’s for christmas…

POSTED 28.09.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments (1)

A Resurrected Community


Have been watching the news tonight which has been full of Trevor Phillips’ talk about racial divisions running deep within our cities throughout the UK. His arguments that many inner city areas are becoming ghettos of various ethnic minorities, engulfed in their own inner politics, language, values and rapidly creating a gulf between themselves and mainstream Britain.

Looking around where we live in Waterloo, and having lived in various SE London locations I can see exactly what he is talking about. Areas of London feel like ghettos, where due to a lack of foresight by the government when an influx of immigrants occurred after the 2nd world war. Whole areas are dominated by a few ethnic groups resulting in massive social tensions and resulting in communities that are severely isolated from each other. It is difficult to see how this can change in the short term.

This fragmentation in society, most pronounced in the cities, and perhaps most of all in London, is something that is on the very doorstep of moot. Where within 100 yards you have the riches and white upper class MP’s and people of power and influence right next to council estates full of ethnic minorities, which have massive unemployment and social issues. Yards apart, yet worlds apart.

One of the many challenges facing the emerging church is that it confronts this problem and becomes something truly ‘other’ within society. An image of community where all are welcome, and all are invited regardless of creed, colour, ideology, age or race. Where the ideology of the self is confronted by the reality of the other, the outsider, the have not’s, the fringe, the uncool, the technofobes, the eldery, the young forcing a reconfiguration of the self, the self deconstructed and reconstructed on transcendent principles.

The eucharist is a central act in the self’s reconstruction. It is a surrender of self to the way of Christ; a desire to follow Christ into the same table-fellowshipping that got him in so much trouble. Where prostitutes sat with the rich ruling classes, invading their private space with their perfumes, love language and femininity. Forcing boundaries to be torn up, old binaries collapsing into a new humanity, a resurrected humanity. Formed on the basis of loving God and loving your neighbour as yourself.

At the moment the emerging church is accused by some quarters of being a white, middle-class, and male. A response to boredom with the traditional church; a place full of ipods, vj’s and a penchant for all things mac. Although this is an unfair caricature it does contain elements of truth. My hope and dream for moot is that it would truly be a community of a resurrected humanity, perhaps not a perfect representation of the breadth, width and depth of humanity but at least a glimpse of it.

POSTED 23.09.05 BY: paulabbott | Comments (3)