In this years 'Continuing the Journey Conference 2012', Johnston McMaster gave this incredible plenary address on the title "Living in tomorrow's world - globalisation and beyond. Johnston teaches for the Irish School of Ecumenics, and is an acclaimed writer and speaker. This podcast explores the implications of our post-christendom and incrwasingly post-western world, and the place of the Church and the Christian faith. The material for this podcast has been kindly published with the permission of the 'Continuing the Journey' Organisation 2012.
In this podcast of the Easter Sunday Service 2012, Vanessa Elston explores the resurrection of Jesus through the eyes of Mary Magdalene. She was one of the first witnesses, and through her experience we hear the shock of the realisation of what has happened.
In this podcast Tessa Holland, priest, speaker, contemplative practitioner and spiritual director explores the theme of ‘An exploration of the apostolic dimension of the contemplative way’. This address was recorded at the national conference exploring the place of contemplative expressions of church, contemporary mission and fresh expressions of the church at the London Centre for Spirituality on Monday 16th May 2011.
In this podcast Ian Adams, priest, speaker, writer and new monastic explores the theme of ‘Post-secular spiritual questers – an opportunity for mission’. This address was recorded at the national conference exploring the place of contemplative expressions of church, contemporary mission and fresh expressions of the church at the London Centre for Spirituality on Monday 16th May 2011.
In this podcast Ian Mobsby, priest, speaker, writer and new monastic explores the theme of ‘The Trinity as Christian Spirituality and forms of the church’. This address was recorded at the national conference exploring the place of contemplative expressions of church, contemporary mission and fresh expressions of the church at the London Centre for Spirituality on Monday 16th May 2011.
In this podcast David Cherry, priest, lecturer and spiritual director, gives the key note address at the national conference exploring the place of contemplative expressions of church, contemporary mission and fresh expressions of the church. David explores the theme of ‘The importance of Christian spirituality as a vehicle for mission’. This was recorded at the London Centre for Spirituality in London and at the Church of St Mary Woolnoth in the City of London in Monday 16th May 2011.
Ian Mobsby interviews the artist Adam Boulter about the current art exhibition being shown in the Guild Church of St Mary Aldermary which explores the last days of Jesus' life, death and resurrection. Stations of the Cross and Resurrection, are an ancient artistic form of devotional spirituality, that explores the depth of the Christian divine story. In this podcast, Ian and Adam explore the importance of art in spirituality, and the tradition of stations of the cross.
At the Moot Community Easter Sunday Service, Aaron Kennedy explores the shock, beauty and paradox of the resurrection, and what it means for Christians in 21st Century at different stages in the spiritual journey of faith. This is followed by the Easter Peace and a hymn. Christ is Risen, He is Risen Indeed!
In the second of his four reflections, Mark Berry reflects on the importance of Perichoresis and its implications for being a participative spiritual community. Recorded on a spiritual retreat of the Moot Community On the weekend of 14th-16th May 2010. Mark Berry, Missioner and leader of the Safespace Community led the retreat. This is the 2nd of 3 recordings.
On the weekend of 14th-16th May 2010, the Moot community held a short spiritual retreat to explore the theme of participating in God. Mark Berry, Missioner and leader of the Safespace Community led the retreat. This is the 1st of 4 recordings. The handouts for the session will be uploaded shortly.
On the 5th Sunday of Easter 2010, Aaron Kennedy gave this homily exploring the emerging churches calling to promote forms of faith that reach beyond the ego. New monasticism constributes an ancient approach, using virtues, spiritual practices and postures.
In this weeks podcast, Ian Mobsby explores the theme of Christ's Resurrection alongside the calling for hope and risk-taking to replace fear. Shalom, the Jewish theologial understanding of God's outworking of love in and to the world, becomes the Kingdom of God, and the disciples are challenged to live out this love in the Kingdom, through the peace of God's Shalom in openness to the world. This is our challenge as emerging and fresh expressions of church, to catch up with what God is already doing.
For Sunday 2010, Ian shared some thoughts from the writings of Frederick Buechner and a Celtic blessing on Easter Sunday. So for all our supporters and Mooters working all over the world, we pray that you have a happy Easter. Christos Arresti, Christ is Risen.
Following a recent number of requests, we publish a short film played at the Moot Rhythm of Life Service at St Paul's Cathedral on Easter Saturday 2009. The film uses the stories and hopes of a number of people involved in the Moot Community, as we await the birthing of our vision of starting an arts cafe lounge in central London as a place for radical mission and hospitality, and our longer term hope of launching an intentional community. The Moot Community recommits to its rhythm of life as a new monastic community before the Bishop of London in the season of Easter every year. This follows the ancient practice of christian priests, monastics and friars to recommit to their vows and for the whole people of God to recommit to their baptismal covenant.
On Holy Saturday April 11th 2009, the Moot Community led by Bishop Richard, the Bishop of London, recommited to the community's Rhythm of Life in the Faith Chapel in the Crypt of St Paul's Cathedral. In this homily Bishop Richard explores the issue of being Church in the 21st Century in uncertain times.
We will soon be putting information on this Rhythm of Life Service on the Mootblog with a film and images.
To see more information on Moot's Rhythm, see the link on the right hand tool bar on the Mootblog.
Ian Mobsby, one of the founding members of Moot, explores the issue of risk, 'the body of Christ', God the Holy Spirit, or more metaphorically God the Sustainer & Challenger. This God unsettles things, stirred things up, encouraged people to move on, to attempt to catch up with what God the Trinity was doing. In this homily Ian quotes the words of Metropolitan Anthony of the Russian Orthodox Church in his book "The Living Body of Christ"
The Church is not just the Eucharistic community, but is an extension of the incarnation; it encompasses all matter, all creation, all of humanity where the Holy Spirit is at work... There is a difference between tradition and traditionalism, as the outworking of the Holy Spirit through risk since Pentecost. Tradition is life-giving where traditionalism fossilises andkills. Many churches steeped in traditionalism have become liturgical ghettos. The true nature of the Church since Pentecost, is to be outward-looking, open to the promptings of the Holy Spirit, and willing to take risks: it should be a missionary community. A Community of Servants full of love".
Gareth Powell gave this homily at the Moot Communities alternative Eucharist on Pentecost Sunday on 11th May 2008. Gareth was formally part of the leading group of the Moot Community, and now completing a PhD as part of training to be an Ordained Pioneer Priest in the Church of England, through Westcott House, Cambridge. In this homily, Gareth explores a biblical perspective concerning work, and then reflects on the more unhealthier sides of attitudes to work in contemporary culture. Making reference to Moot's Rhythm of Life, Gareth explores the concept of work when answering the question "How should we live?". Gareth & his wife Phillipa continue to follow the Moot Rhythm in their new home of Cambridge.
Ian Mobsby, one of the founders of the moot community explores the need for hope as the foundation of faith to live in the complex world of today. In this way, with a basis in the love of God, we can be a community of hope reflecting the vision of the Church gathered in a City in Revelation 22:
In the City of God there will be no more night. Just the glory of the risen One. He will write his name on our foreheads, and we will worship him forever. And it won't be much longer now.
Ian Mobsby of the Moot Community, explores the farewell discourse of Christ to the Disciples as recorded in John 14:1-14. In particular Ian explores the tension of the most inclusive statement in the New Testament "In the Father's House there are many mansions or rooms" with the end statement from Jesus "No one comes to the Father except through me". The truth of Christ, lies somewhere between these two statements, and was a gift not only to the early Church, but to all Christians in all time.
Sam Rowland of the Moot Community draws on his own personal spiritual journey, to explore the themes of wilderness to hope. In Easter, it is important to remember that we arrive at hope and centredness after a hard journey that can take us through brokenness and pain. It is our challenge to keep going as Christians in such times to then go on to find re-orientation of the self and community.
This homily was recorded in Easter after Sam led a Moot Community Small Service in Lent 2008.