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Spring Harvest: Church Actually Day 3

On Day 3 I went to the Lead Zone with Viv Thomas of Formation and Juliet Kilpin of Urban Expression and is also involved in Crucible Course a training course.

Viv Thomas identified six waves of our present cultural context that are moving through the church that can be found in his article here.

1.Increase in cleverness, decrease in wisdom. He said that we were in the least discerning place of the last thousand years.

2.‘quick fix’ mentality – a processed food culture – overeating but undernourished – the sin of impatience masquerading as faith.

3.Increase in distraction – he discussed the rise of the dumbest generation!

4.Increased focus on relationships- by 2060 40% of homes will be individuals on their own – people are lonely and desiring relationship.

5.Thankfully we are less judgmental as we are more able to pick up parts of the story from other places and put things together ourselves.

6.Increased emphasis on feelings and experience and less on doctrine as people don’t know the Bible so well.

Remember the word Ecclesia referred to an assembly before it was used by the Christian church Juliet Kilpin took the Occupy movement as a contemporary example of Ecclesia. In elaborating this parallel she referred to a quote that has been attributed to Margaret Meede “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” There is more about her experiences with the Occupy movement here on her blog.

One comment that Viv Thomas made was that though we can gain a lot out of preparing material for others there is a place for meditating on scriptures just for ourselves as Ignatian meditation outlines in Spiritual excercies by Ignatious Loyola.

I also liked his reference to openness and vulnerability about our failings being an important part of the confessional life.

May 15, 2012 at 6:00 pm
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