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Spiritual Capital and Progressive Localism

In Spiritual capital and progressive localism Chris Baker (writing for online magazine Public Spirit) outlines a vision of society that accepts the full religious and secular diversity of Britain today and is able to embrace the ‘spiritual capital’ of both religious and … Continue reading

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Boxted Beer and Hymns

It’s simple idea: Sample some local ales. Sing some hymns. Boxted is a small village 5 miles north of Colchester just before Essex jumps the River Stour and becomes Suffolk. There are several thriving churches with a real commitment to … Continue reading

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commission4mission

On Sunday evening I went to the West Mersea Parish Church learning supper, a monthly evening gathering with a little worship, a good deal of teaching, discussion and learning all followed by conversation over soup cheese and wine. The evenings … Continue reading

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Colchester Episcopal Area Conference

My thanks to all the curious, thoughtful, prayerful, creative people who came to my two workshops today as part of the Colchester Episcopal Area Conference on prayer. In my workshops (one of five available to delegates) we were exploring ideas … Continue reading

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Oak Tree Coffee House – 1st birthday

Saturday 8th marked the first birthday of the Oak Tree Coffee House, a community interest company set up by our church, St. Luke’s, here in Colchester. As a church without a building (we rent the community centre each Sunday morning) … Continue reading

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How denominations see each other (and other blog discoveries)

This has been quietly doing the rounds of various blogs over the last couple of weeks. As in the very best of satire, we see in it ourselves, and our opinions, only too clearly! This is one of those things … Continue reading

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Researcher anticipates further church decline in 2010s

A report in Christian Today picks up on research by Peter Brierley that suggests the church is still declining in the UK. His key findings are: Churchgoing has declined from 3.5m in 2000 to 2.9m in 2010. The most absent … Continue reading

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Seven sacred spaces

I was greatly inspired by David Keen’s post on Fresh Expressions of Bookshop which cites an article by George Lings of Church Army. George has written about the 7 sacred spaces (Word Doc download) found within ‘new’ and old monasticism … Continue reading

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