Saturday, 9 January 2010

New Year, New Beginnings . . .

Over the past 12 months I’ve been excited discovering the many ways in which people in the UK and indeed all over the world are beginning to live new ways of being ‘church.’ There is Future Church, the emerging Church, House Church, fresh expressions and New Monsaticism.
All of these movements appear to be fed and nurtured through the contemplative tradition. There are also exciting contemplative groups being a living church and encouraging the practice of contemplative prayer. Some of these groups explore contemplation through sacramental expression.

Rather than trying to re-form an expression of church that conforms to what they intellectually feel to be right, these groups ‘discover’ an expression of being church through ‘active’ contemplation, a living spiritual life ! These groups have such a lot to offer ‘mainstream’ churches. There is something special happening here. . . . .

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