Thursday, 28 August 2014

Feeding the body, mind and spirit

 Paul Gooder

Paula Gooder provided amazing keynotes and input at the recent Anglican Schools Australia Conference in Perth. In particular I found her input on spirit, soul, body and mind to be extremely useful in thinking about the difference between the commonly used notion of spirituality  and how Christian's might think of spirituality in terms of the Bible.

Paula has a website with a variety of resources. There are some recordings of recent talks as well as some handouts from different days she has run. I notice that the notes from the University of Gloucestershire Bible and Spirituality Day are along the same lines of what she did in Perth. They are worth a look. I also intend to check out her books. She really was an outstanding presenter and the content was fantastic.

Friday, 22 August 2014

What's up with Alan Watts?


Entrancing. Seductive. Incisive. (Sophistry!). I have to say I am fascinated by the phenomenon of Alan Watts videos on youtube. You may have never heard of Alan Watts but there is some chance you may have seen a video on Youtube with his authoritative, calm and yet somewhat urgent voice in the background to some mesmerising images. I find the videos compelling, his voice and ideas intriguing. I agree with some of what he says, I passionately disagree with some of what he says. I suggest you Google him but here is my disclaimer: They aren't Christian videos and his words, the images, are seductive. They aren't made by him, people have taken his lectures and created a kind of Alan Watts genre video. He started out as an episcopalian and ended up a Buddhist. They could be useful for starting class discussions or chapel but...well use at your own risk. There is a chance anything you say after his videos might seem...bland? Are there any videos out there explaining the Gospel like this?

Here are a few:



Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Innovation in School Ministry



Experiri is a quarterly newsletter presenting stories of innovation in school ministry from Australia and beyond. Each edition provides single page profiles of innovative strategies that have been developed in response to challenges or emerging issues for chaplains or others in the school, including Heads and Religious Educators.

It can be found, along with previous editions, on the Anglican Schools Commission Queensland website at http://ascqld.org.au/experiri-3/