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Entering the silence

Entering the silence

The presence of silence can have a thickness like incense hanging heavy in the air.  When silence appears as a spirit, a presence, then a great deal can be learned if silence is willingly embraced.  In these gifted moments, the presence of silence must be listened to as if it were the greatest sage of … Continue reading

You do not have to be good

You do not have to be good

You do not have to be good. You do not have to walk on your knees for a hundred miles through the desert repenting. You only have to let the soft animal of your body love what it loves. Mary Oliver, ‘Wild Geese’ Three months ago I called this.  It would be a season of … Continue reading

Leading in disrupted space

Leading in disrupted space

I know more than I’d like about liminality.  Both in personal life and wider contexts of ministry.  And it shapes my perspectives on leadership.  Nothing is as simple as Newtonian models of leadership imply.  Listen to this: …liminal leadership spends a significant amount of time in disrupted space…Liminal leaders…create a lightly held holding place for the … Continue reading

Discipline of joy

Discipline of joy

Fridays are for joy.  Once upon a time I knew this. I knew this and I practised it.  A discipline of joy.  And then I forgot it.  Or, at least, I pretended that Saturdays would do just as well, busy though they are with jobs and people and commitments.  And somehow these Saturdays started to become a day … Continue reading

Words which needle

Words which needle

The words needle me towards a response.*  They draw me gently out of my silence.  And the longing to write intensifies. But so does the silence. …the pain that comes from one’s identity, that grows out of the response to a call, can’t be escaped or pushed aside… Yet once more my words and my silence battle it out, each … Continue reading

Subversive prophetic

Subversive prophetic

Subversive is not a word which figures often in my vocabulary.  Chloe is the quiet one, the one who prefers the way of peace and generally opts for compliance. Though some of you think me unafraid to say it like it is, I hold back.  More than you’d know.  I find a way to silence my own … Continue reading

Done with obscurity

Done with obscurity

Elijah was done with obscurity.  He’d paid his dues.  Years in the silent rockiness of Gilead.  Faithfully praying.  Learning what it meant to stand before the LORD the God of Israel. Yes, Elijah was done with obscurity, for now he had stood before the king.  He had made that fateful declaration, the one he had … Continue reading

Reading resonances

Reading resonances

At present, I am simply in survival mode.  Pressures both expected and unexpected have, in the last three weeks, conspired to make it all I can do to stay on track with the bare minimum of the working and living tasks which can’t be avoided.  So if you’ve found me reclusive lately, that’s why. Like … Continue reading

Holding the silence long enough

Holding the silence long enough

What if the leader could hold the pregnant silence long enough for the Spirit to give birth to a word? Gil Stafford. I turn these words over in my mind.  What if the leader could hold the pregnant silence long enough for the Spirit to give birth to a word?  And I think of the … Continue reading

Quotidian mystics

Quotidian mystics

What is it to be a contemplative or mystic in today’s world? Something someone said a few weeks back has echoed around my mind ever since and this question is not going away.  Kathleen Norris answers that question this way in The Quotidian Mysteries: …the true mystics of the quotidian are not those who contemplate holiness in … Continue reading