On Sunday 30th October, All Saint’s Day, we shared a Service of the Word liturgy of “Thanksgiving for Moot” – looking back at where we’ve come from as well as ahead to the future. Tim Dendy (Moot veteran and churchwarden) shared his look back at Moot and how we’ve arrived where we are now. We hope you enjoy listening to an abbreviated version of the Moot story!
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After Ian presided at the final Eucharist of his ministry with Moot, the Community held a reception as a thank you for all that he had done. Ian was one of the founders of Moot beginning in St Matthews Westminster, through to the move to St Mary Aldermary in the City of London, and part of the core team to see Moot hopefully now into a period of sustainability. The Community is very aware that this has cost Ian a lot over the years, and so the reception celebrated this.
As well as saying a thank you, Ian Mobsby gave a short address which was not audio recorded, but the words are below in .pdf form for Mooters to reflect over as the community grows into a new phase of its life.
Ian leaves to plant a new monastic community in Peckham South London, and to become a part time Vicar and Parish Mission Enabler. Please see his Facebook and ministry webpages for more details.
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.
As one of the founding members of Moot and with thirteen years of ministry in Moot, it was announced recently in the Dioceses of London and Southwark that Ian Mobsby will be leaving his current role with Moot and the Diocese of London in the summer. Ian has been the Priest Missioner to Moot for 13 years and more recently the Priest in Charge of Moot at St Mary Aldermary for the last three years. These have been important and challenging times setting up Moot and its New Monastic basis and Host Cafe launched over two years ago in the heart of the City of London.
Moot has become an important New Monastic Community, that in its time has produced a number of vocations to the Ordained Priesthood, and a number of prayer and worship resources. Ian is at heart a Pioneer Missioner, and now that the focus is shifting from starting to sustaining, it is time for Ian to move on. It is always an important and challenging time when founders move on, but it is always part of the growing up process!
Ian’s last service and last actual working day with us will be on the evening of Sunday 28th June. He will be taking leave for a month before formally leaving his role from the end of July. Ian is moving on to support a small parish church to develop their mission, plant a new ‘new monastic’ community in Peckham South East London, and assist with parish mission enablement in the Episcopal Area of Woolwich, Diocese of London. This will be the second offspring from Moot, with Gareth Powell (former Mooter) heading up a new monastic project in Streatham under the name St Margaret the Queen.
So please do pray for Moot as we pray and seek God concerning vision and direction of Moot.
Barry Taylor in his forward thinking book ‘Entertainment Theology’ (1) predicted that our emerging post-secular society, (the paradox of a ‘premodern’ and modern society mashed together), would give rise to a neo-medievalism.
Looking at London, a lot of his predictions are coming true,. We are seeing the rising of forms of church like new monasticism and other forms of missional church that are centred on the question “How should we live” rather than “what should we believe?”. The paradox of living still in a highly scientific and technological world, but where people are increasingly seeking the impossible in terms of spirituality over and above the possible, the material and scientific. (2)
So not only are we seeing new or should I say old forms of spirituality, a group now called the ‘Spiritual not Religious’ (SNR), but we are also seeing the simultaneous reversal of our British class driven society. We are seeing the unhealthy and scary reality of the rich getting richer and the poor getting poorer, and an active erosion of the ‘middle classes’. I am left with the question ‘are we being forced to face a neo-feudalism’ where to be seen to be poor is seen as sinful? Stringfellow in his seminal work convinces me that all Capitalist market societies always demonise the poor, as if people have chosen to be that way. The was our society treats disabled people and poor families who have contract jobs, many who cannot find full time work. The language used around those who require welfare benefits again shows an attitude of disrespect if not hostility.
So not only are we emerging in a culture of the increasingly spiritual over the religious, we are seeing the rise of the increasingly rich and poor, and erosion of the middle classes. We remember that the middle classes were trade-driven skilled makers. It was the shift from an arable to a mercantile society where weavers, printers, musicians, lace makers, who also later became the professions, bankers, lawyers, clergy, doctors, social workers, nurses etc.
I have been fascinated by the pressure on occupations – as the Personnel Department becomes the Human Resources Deparment. Social Services have eroded the professions through the import of a market, so social workers have become Care Managers and Occupational Therapists have become assessors and providers of equipment rather than any therapy or transformation of skills and circumstances. We have created a cruel society that tries to make it very hard to find support services and decent welfare support in times of crisis.
So rather than our hope, that a post-secular society would be one where being human was central to the priorities of our society – of wellbeing and fulfilment and equality. We are increasingly in our neo-medieval come increasingly feudal society more and more oppressed by the market which yes opens up people towards spirituality but at the same time, has become dehumanised with an increasingly unequal society.
So what should the church do? Well increasingly put the focus on rehumanising society whilst challenging the forces that make everything a market, and to have a preferential regard for the poor.
I do not have hope as I look to the future, and hope that the church will recover a prophetic voice in these circumstances, as it attempts to be missional not only to open up Christianity for people to know and receive the love of God, but also to challenge the structures of oppression.
Capitalism as a market society has been talked of positively because it creates a meritocracy. Well actually I think this is not true, if the poor are actively disadvantaged regarding education and health care let alone nutrition, then actually the truth is the poor are more disadvantaged in an unequal market place.
I hope for a more courageous church to engage with parts of our increasingly neo-medieval society so that we don’t enter an increased time of injustice.
(1) Taylor Barry (2008) Entertainment Theology: Exploring Spirituality in a Digital Demcracy,(Baker Academic, USA).
(2) Mobsby, Ian (2012) God Unknown: The Trinity in Contemporary Spirituality, (Canterbury Press, UK).
So once again we find ourselves entering the season of Christmas, and the feast of the Christ Mass, when we remember the miracle and hope for the world, about God coming as a helpless child, as a sign of God’s ultimate love for all human beings, indeed the whole of life.
So on behalf of all our supporters, participants and customers, can I say I hope you have a merry, peaceful and spiritual Christmas. The Church of St Mary Aldermary will be open for reflection on Monday 22nd Jan and until midday on Tuesday 23rd Jan.
The Host Cafe is now closed reopening 5th January 2015, our first Sunday Service will be on 4th January 2015.
So may I finish with a poem by one of my hero’s – R.S. Thomas
It’s a long way off but inside it
There are quite different things going on:
Festivals at which the poor man
Is king and the consumptive is
Healed; mirrors in which the blind look
At themselves and love looks at them
Back; and industry is for mending
The bent bones and the minds fractured
By life. It’s a long way off, but to get
There takes no time and admission
Is free, if you will purge yourself
Of desire, and present yourself with
Your need only and the simple offering
Of your faith, green as a leaf.
Ian Mobsby invited to address the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Academic Examination Day, Lambeth Palace
Ian Mobsby, the Priest in Charge & Missioner of the Moot Community was invited to give a short address at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Academic Examination Day on Thursday 9th of October, in the Chapel of Lambeth Palace. The Archbishop has from the middle ages, the right to award post graduate qualifications including PhDs, a practice that was revised in the 19th and 20th Centuries.
The addresses began with a paper from Fr Thomas of the Anglican Benedictine Community of Mirfield drawing on the PhD he has just finished. Ian Mobsby was invited to give a response drawing on a new monastic perspective.
To read the address click here: A New Monastic Response, Ian Mobsby
This Sunday at the Moot Eucharist Service we will explore the subject of money, fear and work, and reflect on this theologically. In a time when there is much fear and a difficult relationship with fear, this Sundays service and homily will explore what is a healthy and sacramental view of money, and how we can live more justly. We hope that people will leave inspired and encouraged…. See you Sunday at 6pm