Here’s Rev Andrew Johnson describing some of the ways that he was seeking to form young adults through participation in Christian practices – part of my doctoral research from 2012.
Here are two mobile devices apps for daily devotions, added to my Pinterest page on Mobile Apps for Ministry. Both are produced by the Anglican Board of Mission in Australia.
“Into the Desert” is a 40 day spiritual journey designed for Lent. but it can be undertaken any time of year.
“These Lent resources have a particular focus on Australian landscape, history and writing, Aboriginal reconciliation and the long Christian tradition of desert-shaped theology.”
“Into the Desert” is also available in print and there is an accompanying optional simple set of small group reflection questions available here.
“Deep Calls to Deep” is an post-Easter journey exploring faith.
“Deep Calls to Deep is a 46 day journey into the mystery of the cross that begins in Holy Week and ends on Ascension Day (but it is suitable for any time of the year).”
What does a community of hospitality and generosity look like? What habits does it exhibit? What leadership does it need? A few weeks ago Amelia Koh-Butler and I hosted the annual national gathering of Uniting Church lay and leadership educators here in Adelaide. It is a small group of people who work at a state and national level, peers in adult education and faith formation.
We explored the theme of the church as a community of practice over the three days. The group agreed to play with an idea that I’ve had for a leadership retreat, where we experience and reflect on what it means to be a community who learn together about our shared purpose.
Our text for the 3 days was the recently published “Moroccan Soup Bar” cookbook by the wonderful Hana Assafiri. The book contains stories and recipes from a renowned Melbourne cafe/restaurant which I’ve had the pleasure of visiting once. It is so much more than a cookbook. Alongside many great recipes, Hana speaks her from own story, from the heart of her remarkable Soup Bar and also of her team.
The stories are rich with the clear purpose of the Soup Bar, and bursting with culture and character. Interwoven through family-inspired vegetarian recipes are narratives of heritage, creativity, welcome, courage, forgiveness, welcome and generosity. I could say much more but I want to encourage you to buy the book! Many of the stories are about cultural identity and cross-cultural interactions.
So instead of meeting in church offices for 2 days, we met in a home, a country town cafe, a brewery-cafe, a winery, an Afghani restaurant, a beach cafe, and outdoors near a take-away food place. I admit that we did start off in the synod office.
When we gathered on the Monday I introduced people to Hana’s story and the story of the Moroccan Soup Bar. I shared a little from Etienne Wenger’s “Communities of Practice“. We read Acts 2:42-47 and prayed using Tess Ward’s “The Celtic Wheel of The Year.”
On Monday evening we gathered in the home of two of the locals (thanks Amelia and Terry!) and we cooked recipes from the cookbook. We worked in small groups and together to prepare recipes that we’d never seen. The aim was to experience working in the kitchen together, to converse, to learn, to share, to tell stories, to celebrate. We had a great evening, and the food was fabulous. (I planned and directed the proceedings, and they did all of the hard work…)Continue Reading
John Roberto will be in Sydney 23-28 August for two events about Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century. John is well-known internationally as a speaker, forward-thinker and author in faith formation, intergenerational ministry, and learning in a digital world.
John is the director of Lifelong Faith Associates (Connecticut, USA), author of several books including Reimagining Faith Formation for the 21st Century and is editor of Lifelong Faith Journal. His previous work on a Comprehensive Approach to ministry and mission with children, youth and families has been significant for churches in Australia as well as the USA.
These events are open to people from all Christian churches and schools and will be or particular interest to clergy, children and youth workers/ministers, school chaplains, and leaders in faith formation and educational ministries. The events are co-sponsored by the Uniting Church Assembly and the NSW-ACT Synod.
Venue: Uniting Church Centre for Ministry, 16 Masons Drive, North Parramatta
You’re invited to two events. You can attend either or both.
23-25 August – Learning Intensive: Engaging All Ages and Generations
A three day event with a focus on
- How formation and education are changing in today’s mission context?
- Promising approaches to faith formation
- Thinking beyond the gathered congregation
- Learning within and across generations
An intensive teaching event with John Roberto
- Tues 23rd 2.00pm-9.00pm
- Wed 24th 9.30am-5.00pm
- Thu 25th 9.30am-5.00pm
26-28 August – National Conference: Formation and Mission in a Digital World
A three day event with John Roberto as keynote speaker, plus electives, a multimedia expo, panel discussion, interest group conversations, resource displays, and a short film festival.
- Fri 26th 2.00pm-9.00pm
- Sat 27th 9.30am-9.00pm
- Sun 28th 1.00pm-4.00pm
Sunday 28th offers a morning option of visiting a church using multimedia in worship or education.
- The impact of digital technology in a social world
- Blended faith formation in a digital world
- Curating learning experiences
- Resources and tools for faith formation
- Social Justice and Social Media
- Developing engaging websites
- Marketing Your Ministry: Developing Practices for Effective Evangelism
- and more
Program, cost and registration information will be available from the early May at reimaginefaith2016.com
Download a flyer – here
I’ve just had an article published in John Roberto’s “Lifelong Faith” journal in the US. The article is based on my visit to Queenscliff and Point Lonsdale Uniting Churches in Victoria and the interview that I conducted with their ministers Revs Kerrie Lingham and Charles Gallacher. The journal is free and comes out 3 times a year. There are a few years worth of editions available to download for free and a wide range of topics covered.
Click here to download the current issue with my article in it. (Direct link to PDF).