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“At both ends of our days, then, there is a kind of allegiance paid to the first and last voices we attend to. We are often vulnerable, driven by strong desires for stimulation, control, and avoidance. So we seek global and national news, or weather and traffic news. Work and personal emails draw us into responsibility and action. Social media can engender complex emotional responses. Particularly at night, games and entertainment can become mindless sifting and scrolling. This is when we so often turn to our phones, just when we really need silence. Or sleep. Or companionship. Or prayer.”
Jannah Dennison takes some time to interrogate the ways technology forms us–for better or worse.
Read the article here: www.venn.org.nz/left-to-our-own-devices-smartphones-and-prayer/ ...
“I have a fairly clear notion that Edith is powered not by food (this is the fuel of ordinary people) but she is rejuvenated instead by that strangely Anglican smell: the one made of dust, light, furniture polish and mothballs. One does not think of faithfulness as having a smell, but alongside the worn mahogany pews, the slight clutter, and the startlingly red, blue, green and yellow of the stained glass window, the thing that screams “Holy” to me is that slightly ridiculous old lady in her bobble hat and pink puffer jacket, busy about her clutter.”
Take a light-hearted moment at the end of this working week to read the Revd Dr John Fox’s short-story, “The Open Door”. Featured in the June edition of Common Ground.
Read the story here: www.venn.org.nz/the-open-door-a-short-story/
Image: “Our Lady Star of the Sea Catholic Church”, by Lyn Gurney. ...
“Do you long to see this nation transformed? Then we need to call people into the community Jesus established, the institution which has his identity at its heart. Do you want to see the image of God restored? Then the institution where Jesus, the perfect image of God, is worshipped in the ways he commanded is the place to go. Do you want to see people willing to commit sacrificially to the way of Jesus? Then you should commit yourself sacrificially to the pattern Jesus established through the apostles.”
In our June edition of Common Ground, we curated the content around the theme of Church. Our lead article, written by the Ven Dr Lyndon Drake, makes a case for the importance of the Church in our lives today and what it actually means to belong to the body of Christ.
Read more here: www.venn.org.nz/why-we-need-the-church/
Image: the altarpiece at Te Karaiti Te Pou Herenga Waka, by Lillian Murray ...
As a creative response to Pentecost, our colleagues John Dennison, Donald Goodhall, and Melody Cooper have prepared a Pentecost Offering of poetry, music, and photography for you to enjoy!
Check out the three offerings here:
(Images: “There is a River” photo essay, by Melody Cooper) ...
“The church has been entrusted with the message that the God who is the creator and sustainer of all things does not live in remote isolation; he is not an impersonal, dispassionate, and unapproachable power.
Rather, the God who made all things stoops low to meet us, comes among us in the form of a servant, bears our burdens, and reaches out to us in love. This God is ever present, breathing his own life into us, and coaxing us through his Spirit to enter into the abundance of life that is his purpose for us.”
This Pentecost, the Revd Dr Murray Rae has prepared a historical and theological reflection on why this season is so worth celebrating.
Read the article here: www.venn.org.nz/pentecost-a-season-of-renewal-and-hope/ ...