We’ve now had two weeks of not gathering here in Dunedin, NZ, due to covid-19. The main focus for Student Soul is now, How can we grow into an engaged, collaborative, online church community of students and young adults?
One important thing that the Sunday event (R.I.P) does is create multiple points of relational connection.
Good morning. Here I am, thinking out loud about the different ministry roles I have as a leader and how I am going to inhabit them during this time of change. I often revisit my prior thoughts on personal identity and the different roles I give myself and are given, probably between 2 and 4 times a year on average, so this is nothing new. I’ve actually been meaning to do some work on this for a while anyhow, but I really haven’t been able to sustain very long periods of self-reflection during the last few months (not a good thing). But now we are in crisis, and circumstances are demanding that I do this work. God help me – to stay focu
It’s the 26th of March 2020. New Zealand is in Day 1 of Alert Level 4 for Covid-19. It’s a national lockdown. On the positive side of things, over the last few days my family and I have never seen so many people out walking, never connected with so many neighbours, never seen so many teddy bears in the windows of houses. It ain’t all bad! Still, last night when I popped out for a couple of last minute messages, it felt like a very weird version of Christmas eve… and even a week ago, life in Dunedin felt strangle eerie, as we seemed collectively to wonder, “Is this the calm before the storm? Or is this the storm?”
into the far country we travelled,
driven by spirit
chastened by the curling optimism
of generations past
but holding to the hope
of a love like no other
it’s the morning
life is hope
yet the carnage flies /