The pastor as curator

I’m very privileged to be able to work with Simon Holt in teaching a unit for Whitley College called “Table Spirituality: Hospitality, Community and Ministry”.  These ideas have shaped in no small part some of my thoughts on what it means to be a community who EAT and share food together at Newmarket Baptist Church.

In his recent blog post on The pastor as curator. Simon also reflects on the ideas of Mark Pierson who has also been a significant mentor in how we PRAY together through our shared expression of spirituality  (see video at bottom of page.)

As someone passionate about the renewal of the church through missional community and as someone who also has strong  interests and passions (eg; sport, youth development, food, creative spirituality) I found Simon’s diagnosis of much of our leadership activity confronting…

Our primary task becomes manipulating interests so they dovetail as closely as possible with our own. Ouch!

His soul searching honesty and invitation to risk ‘encounter’ of God deeply in and through each other is powerful, reminding us that it’s…

 

“God’s church not mine. I cannot fill it … God knows, I try. And I can no more determine the community’s encounters with God and each other than I can leap tall buildings. But I can set the table, create opportunity and facilitate encounters of openness, honesty and interdependence.”

 

I felt some of this ‘encounter’ in the last fortnight through our discussions about the future of our “People’s Pantry” organised by Carol Owen.  The process brought different people together with the space to share in a deeper way.

I also loved the sense of festive celebration and encouragement of the outrageous hospitality at the brunch we shared with Urban Seed after the Run Melbourne event in the city last Sunday.

As we seek to be God’s people in Melbourne’s inner north-west,  “Where is it that you are experiencing this sense of  ‘encounter’?”

Much Grace

Marcus

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Urban Seed invites us to ‘Run Melbourne’

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IT’S TIME TO PREPARE FOR RUN MELBOURNE 2013 (Event date: 21/7/2013)

Run Melbourne, is an annual charity “fun run”, hosted by the city of Melbourne since 2006. It is a unique event insofar as rather than raise money for any particular cause, such as the Mother’s Day Classic which raises funds for Breast Cancer Research, Run Melbourne is designed to be an “opportunity for participants to give back to the community by raising funds for a cause close to their individual hearts”. Teams raise money for a charity or not-for-profit organisation of their choice.

Urban Seed is fielding a team again, and we are asking for your support, by:

  1. Walking, jogging, running (or indeed taking a leisurely stroll) as a member of the Urban Seed team; or
  2. Donating money to the team or individual members of the team; or
  3. Helping out with the brunch after the event; or
  4. Cheering on Team Urban Seed!
THIS IS A GREAT WAY TO NOT ONLY RAISE MONEY TO SUPPORT THE WORK OF URBAN SEED,
BUT ALSO PARTICIPANT IN A FABULOUS URBAN SEED COMMUNITY EVENT. 
Get in involved by walking, running, donating, or cheering on Team Urban Seed!
Here’s how:
WALK OR RUN!
Choose 5km, 10km or a half marathon. Visit Run Melbourne for details about start times.
For details about how to register and join Team Urban Seed, visit the Urban Seed Run Melbourne Signup Page.
Runners who raise over $100 will receive a free running t-shirt, thanks to our friends at 2XU
DONATE!
We have a stellar team from Credo Café and beyond, who are getting fit for the big day
    
TWO OF OUR TEAM MEMBERSTeam members include Woodsy & Bella, who form an energetic father-daughter team.
This is the third time the pair has participated in the event. Last year 8-year-old Bella left her dad in the dust, running ahead with Urban Seed staff member Tania. Tania ran at her usual speed, and was amazed to look beside her and see Bella keeping apace! But Woodsy says that Bella gets her running genes from him, because he was a keen athletics competitor in the days of his youth.
Woodsy, Bella and Bella’s mum Sarah are all long-term Credo community members. Woodsy & Bella are hoping to raise $900 between them, while Sarah will be helping to prepare a delicious community brunch in Credo Café to celebrate with all our hungry runners.
If you would like to sponsor Woodsy or Bella, go to…
CELEBRATE WITH BRUNCH IN CREDO!
Whether you have worked up your appetite running in the event or cheering on your friends, we would love to have you join us for brunch in Credo Café after the event.
For more information about this event, contact Mayra Stark.
Thanks to you all – and see you at lunch.
SUPPORT URBAN SEED ASIDE FROM RUN MELBOURNE
If you would like to support Urban Seed aside from sponsoring our Run Melbourne team, then there are two ways to do so.
  • One way is by donating – all donations over $2 are tax deductible. You can contact us via donate or securely online by using the Give Now “donation” button at the bottom of this newsletter.
  • Another way is by forwarding this email to friends and family or sharing this campaign via Facebook or Twitter using the links below. Thanks!