The Experiments, our first homegrown youth work resource enabling young people to explore hands-on spirituality, is now available!
Created in partnership with StreetSpace and Frontier Youth Trust, The Experiments is a pair of youth work resources to explore hands-on spirituality with young people over a series of 10 sessions. Each session looks at one of the beatitudes, stripped of religious language and presented as five practical experiments that tap into the value and spirituality beneath it.
The Experiments Leaders Guide is available as a free pdf ...
What part should intercessory prayer play in mission?
When thinking about prayer, Taylor wants us to understand that it should not be a separate discipline which sits on its own. For him, intercession and action melt into and overlap one another. The act of 'keeping others in mind' before God should naturally lead to engaging in acts of love and service towards them.
This idea of Taylor's is very similar to the monastic idea of 'contemplative activism' - that prayer and action should ...
Source: Christianity Rediscovered by Vincent Donovan
Source: Selling Water by the River by Shane Hipps
Last week Theos (a ThinkTank on religion and society) released a really interesting report, called The Spirit of Things Unseen, looking at how spiritual we are as a society in light of the decline of formal religion over the last half-century.
And what they found was really interesting:
...for all that formalised religious belief and institutionalised religious belonging has declined over recent decades, the British have not become a nation of atheists or materialists. On the contrary, a spiritual current runs as, if not more, ...
Source: Meister Eckhart - Selected Writings
How can we be open to ways the Spirit is at work?
Once we recognise the Holy Spirit as the creative power of God in the world, it becomes obvious that the Spirit is present and active everywhere in all kinds of different people and situations.
The question for those of us engaging in mission then becomes 'How can we be open to what the Spirit is doing?'
For Taylor, unless we're able to fully appreciate what the Holy Spirit is up to in ...
Source: A Spirituality of the Road by David Bosch
Source: Practising the Way of Jesus by Mark Scandrette
With The Lab community in Alway, for a while we've been trying to find ways to identify and work with the existing spirituality of local young people. What we've always found incredibly interesting is how spiritual young people are. We once did a straw pole of thirty teenagers and found that about two thirds of them believed in some kind of spirits or ghosts. Since then, we've always been looking for resources and ideas to help develop some of that innate ...