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    Pioneering Spirituality: Resources for reflection and practice

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    Pioneering ministry sounds like something you do, something active, even something driven. However, prayer and contemplation are at its heart, paying attention to God, to the world and to oneself - a kind of being that goes hand in hand with doing. Pioneering requires a spirituality that will fuel a life lived beyond the borders of the church. In this collection, a range of practitioners explore the inner and outer dimensions of pioneering spirituality. Offering many proven and innovative ideas, they explore what resources, fuels and sustains a life of pioneering mission. What is the spirituality in the UK's wider culture and how do we connect with it appropriately? How might spiritual treasures such as the Eucharist, prayer, pilgrimage, spiritual direction and community rhythms of life be expressed to those with whom pioneers share life? And how might communities of disciples grow and be formed in this pioneering spirituality?
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    Gadfly: Reading Church through reading Jesus

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    John Arthur is looking for a church. Not literally of course, those are quite easy to spot usually. He is looking for "a reading" of church through a reading of Jesus. He wants to examine whether the Jesus we have in the church is, well, big enough really. Are the relationships we pursue, with God and each other, the authentic and costly ones Jesus exemplified, or diluted by our expectations and culture? Have we formed an edgy activism around Jesus' call to risk and journey, or a policy of endurance? Has the church fully accepted Jesus' trust of an incomplete kingdom? Gadfly is a conversational essay, part philosophy, part social observation and lots of unconventional exegesis posing questions about the purpose of Bible reading, the nature of Jesus and their implications for church identity. It challenges the dry readings of systematic theology that dominate so much of the public expression of the Bible in our churches. Gadfly wants to replace this with a call to risk-laden intimacy - the missing sacrament of the modern church.
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  • Colonies of Heaven
    Colonies of Heaven
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    Colonies of Heaven: Celtic Models for Today’s Church

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    'Celtic' Christianity continues to fascinate us, but is it relevant to the life and witness of the church today? Ian Bradley is convinced that it is; that the building of 'colonies of heaven' drawing on Celtic models provides the way forward for the churches in the twenty-first century. Colonies of Heaven explores how the distinctive themes in the early Christianity of the British Isles – monasticism, blessing and cursing, penance and pastoral care, worship, the communion of saints and pilgrimage – might be applied in practical terms to Christian life today. Building 'colonies of heaven' (communities of prayer, artistic and creative activity, hospitality and team ministry), Bradley argues, would revitalise our churches with a new spiritual and social role in an increasingly secular and fragmented society.
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    New Monasticism as Fresh Expressions of Church
    New Monasticism as Fresh Expressions of Church
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    New Monasticism as Fresh Expressions of Church

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    Signs of fresh life, springing up from the roots of traditional monastic life, can be seen throughout the Church as growing numbers of groups - whether gathered or scattered - seek to live the gospel with renewed integrity. Is God shaping a new monasticism? Can ancient tradition enrich the life and mission of the wider Church? Can it engage with the complexity of contemporary culture and create an atmosphere, as Abbot Stuart Burns ask, where Christ can be encountered? New monastic pioneers from Britain and America share their stories and reflect on their commitment to mission in diverse local contexts, sustained by community and a rule of life. They explore how the essentials of monastic spirituality  - prayer, hospitality, community, rhythm of life and practical engagement - can resource a mission in today's world where the Church and culture often stand far apart.
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  • At Home in Exile
    At Home in Exile
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    At Home in Exile: the journey towards a new paradigm

    The numbers of people attending church are declining. Churches are closing and the influence the church once had in society is waning. The natural response is to immediately look for solutions to the problems. However, finding appropriate solutions depends on a correct understanding of the problem. In 'At Home in Exile', Peter McDowell shows how the experience of exiles in the Old Testament can provide a way for the church to understand its current experience of marginalisation. The feelings associated with the three stages of the exile experience resonate with our current experience. The first stage is entering exile, and has associated feelings of shock and denial. The second stage, being in exile, has feelings of anger and depression. The third stage, departing from exile, is associated with acceptance and integration.
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    Cave Refectory Road: monastic rhythms for contemporary living

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    In this short and eminently readable book, Ian Adams captures the essential genius of the monastic tradition and combines it with his own experience as poet, family man and abbot of a 'new-monastic community' to address the dis-ease of so much of our contemporary ways of living. His books gives simple practical inspiration for 'ordinary living' and re-calls monks and nuns, friars and sisters to the passion of their founders as it asks: 'How did the dynamic way of the passionate, scandalous re-imaginer Jesus give way to so much that is pointless, repressed and safe?' Abbot Stuart Burns OSB Ian skilfully opens up the Christian contemplative tradition in a grounded and accessible way for today's spiritual seeker. In an age when many are spiritually hungry, Ian opens up the Christian tradition in a way that is dynamically spiritual and authentically religious. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is seeking to establish a deep Christian faith and practice that can thrive in the complexity of the modern world. Ian Mobsby, priest missioner to the Moot Community, London
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    Catch the wind
    Catch the wind
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    Catch the Wind: a precursor to the emergent church

    Innovation and openness to new idea are all around us, but in the church there seems to be a way of thinking and behaving that has written change out of the agenda. As a result, many have left the church or, as Charles Ringma says, 'go to church out of habit or guilt, but are frustrated, alienated and don't participate in its life.' How can people be equipped to reverse this trend? How can they begin to be responsible for their own spiritual growth? What might the church of the future look like? How can churches be organised as if people matter? Can the experience of church be more like that of a family? These are the questions that Charles Ringma confronts in Catch the Wind. It doesn't offer a single 'model' for the church. But is does make a case for a more dynamic less structured and risk-taking approach that both builds people up and equips them for mission in the world.
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  • Building Utopia
    Building Utopia
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    Building Utopia: seeking the authentic church for new communities

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    The new urban areas are reshaping much of Britain. Those who live, work or minister within them are not only at the cutting edge of new forms of built environment, they must also discover new ways of being community and contemplate new expressions of Church. All this demands careful and bold analysis and creative theological reflection. While powerful global economic forces are changing our landscapes, human beings have to wrestle with themes of belonging and identity. The gospel engages with these human narratives, driving and shaping a Christian search for alternative perspectives and practices. What are the appropriate building projects, mission programmes and lifestyles that will be effective in meeting the challenges of the urban settlements? How should other areas respond? The writers of this book have worked together as a group, mapping the new situation, analysing their findings and drawing out those themes which demand attention – making it possible to reflect theologically about the challenges of our newly built urban developments.
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    Chrysalis: Faith in an Emerging Culture
    Chrysalis: Faith in an Emerging Culture
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    Chrysalis: Faith in an Emerging Culture

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    Have you ever felt that the very things that once inspired and nurtured your faith now seem lifeless and perhaps even frustrating? Christians often find their faith metamorphosing and do not know how to handle the troubling changes. Using the life cycle of a butterfly as a metaphor Alan Jamieson helps readers to see that radical changes need not mean the death of personal faith. Instead he helps us to embrace them as part of a positive, Christian, Spirit-led journey with God.      
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    The Divine Embrace: Recovering the Passionate Spiritual Life

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    One of the most popular current views on spirituality is that there are varied paths to God. In this new Ancient-Future series book, Bob Webber evaluates this common misunderstanding of spirituality as separated from God's story, extremely self-focused, and shaped by our surrounding culture. This challenging work offers a corrective, calling us to an alternative Christian spirituality, one that reveals two sides-that of God's "divine embrace" of us and our passionate response. The Divine Embrace is a fresh, grounded look at true spirituality that will be embraced by pastors, thinking Christians, and anyone looking for an engaging and thorough treatment of this topic.
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  • Godzone
    Godzone
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    Godzone: a guide to the travels of the soul

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    Godzone is a book of mystery and illumination, a guide-book to the travels of the heart. With humour, story-telling and captivating originality, it entices the reader to join its hitchhiking author on the most important journey of all.
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    The Day is Yours
    The Day is Yours
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    The Day is Yours: Slow Spirituality in a Fast Moving World

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    The Day is Yours is a protest against the culture of speed both in the culture at large, but also more ominously, in the church itself. Rooted in the monastic liturgy of the hours, The Day is Yours argues that in order for Christians to act as a truly prophetic witness, in a time of cultural decadence, they must recover a more biblical rhythm in which work, rest, relationships, worship and prayer are held together in creative tension. Written by a pastor, the central thrust of
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