Musings

Thanks for all the encouragement and feedback you’ve given us around the first edition of Common Ground. We want this to be a source of nourishment, to feed your imaginations as you serve God and your community, and to remind you that you are not...

John Watson, 34, is a media and communications consultant, freelance writer, and musician who completed the Venn Internship (now Fellowship) in 2015. Here John answers a few of our questions about life in lockdown. What is your work role and how has it changed/adapted given last...

Ashleigh Tuck completed the Internship (now Fellowship) in 2012 and in recent years made the decision to leave the workforce and return to university, following a vocational pull to create and be within the art world. She is studying fine art at Whitcliffe College of...

Andrew delivered this talk at an Alumni Weekend in 2015. The topic was Christian courage, and given the current global crisis he thought it worth repurposing for his own blog Imagining Otherwise. We are resharing here with his permission.   My focus this morning is a story...

Ping -“Bear hunts and 49 other things to do with your kids during lockdown.” Ping - “Pro baking for young cooks in lockdown!” Ping - “Whistling while we work: making menial household drudgery fun for your kids!” Ping (I’m summarizing this one) - “Schedule, schedule,...

And this is my prayer, that your love may overflow more and more with knowledge and full insight  to help you to determine what is best, so that in the day of Christ you may be pure and blameless,  having produced the harvest of righteousness that...

Greetings from the future! But also, the past. Here in California we’re a calendar day behind you, but a week further into lockdown. At this point the novelty’s worn off, the news worsens, and crisis and uncertainty seem to be our new companions. So, what keeps us...

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. Colossians 3.3 The Cross is the guardian of the whole earth. ‘O Cross of Christ’, A Hymn for The Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross I The Scottish theologian P. T. Forsyth liked to say that at...

Welcome to the first edition of Common Ground. Throughout COVID-19 Alert Level 4, we’ll be offering Common Ground to point you to sources of nourishment, to feed your imaginations for how you might serve God and your families, friends, colleagues, and neighbours, and to remind...

I’m surprised I haven’t seen any social media posts this week with the Serenity Prayer (perhaps that reflects my narrow social media circle).  A modified and expanded version of a prayer originally penned by Reinhold Niebuhr, the Serenity Prayer exemplifies an ethical tradition known as...