Continuing to catch up with talks from Greenbelt Gatherings, I’ve been listening to my friend Maggi Dawn from 2003. Her talk being titled: Church in the Noughties. It’s one talk, but has two themes running through it. The first is to do with the Fourth of the Ten Commandments – the “4th” having to do with Sabbath. Maggi traces the history – a “whistle-stop journey” – of Sabbath from the Old Testament (or “First Testament”) to the Reformation (Post-Reformation). While the second theme, building on the first, was Maggi thought’s on the importance of gathered Church with reflections on “alt-worship”, “emergent church” and other “experiments” on the edge or beyond the edge of traditional “Sunday” church. It was the latter part of the talk that I found most interesting, confirming for me that my own thinking about established church & new forms of church follow Maggi’s very closely.
“…What shape should work, Church and the Sabbath take in 21st century, western culture – post-evangelical, alternative, emerging, liquid, virtual? Should we abandon traditional Sunday worship or fight to revive it?”
It’s not a long talk, but you’ll find it here.
p.s. If you like what she has to say, check out her books too. She’s a very gifted writer and communicator (see her blog).
Photo credit - Jonny Baker.