Tuesday, 23 September 2014

21st Century Faith Formation

"A connected and networked approach to faith formation." 

Check out John Roberto's website www.21stcenturyfaithformation.com

While much of the language used here refers to congregations there is plenty that would be useful for chaplains seeking to form the faith of staff. I particularly like the trends section.

Also the links page is huge. I will probably spend a month trawling through all of that.

Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Postcard Radio

"Is Jesus still relevant? Is his value system workable? What does it look like to imitate and follow Jesus in south east Queensland in our time?" These are some of the questions that form the basis for the conversation that is Postcard Radio

I like a lot of what I read on this site. People asking honest questions and trying to make their faith work  in today's world with all its challengess. There are posts related to "A Big Year" but also many thought provoking, challenging and  sensible (this is good) blog posts. 

Friday, 12 September 2014

Do not covet your neighbours markers! Buy your own.

This is the most "random" post I have ever made on this blog. It comes with a shout out to all the chaplains that work in Anglican Schools here in Queensland. At the meeting we had the other week I had my 200 pack of coloured felt pens (as we call them here). There was some pretty serious envy and coveting going on. I don't want to encourage that kind of behaviour so I suggest you buy your own. They are one of those things I have always had wherever I have worked and eyes always light up when I crack open the box (no seriously - people like them).

So there are lots of places you can buy them from but if you want to check out some other stuff go to Modern Teaching Aids. I used to love getting their catalogue and having a flick through. I would always discover something I needed but just didn't realise it existed. Teachers often know about these web sites but sometimes chaplains aren't in on the secret. So go there now. Just make sure you have few hours up your sleeve. 

Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Singing the Creed

John Dickson tweeted a request to Hillsong earlier this year asking that they put the Apostle Creed to inspiring music...and they did. You can read a little bit about the creation of this at the Hillsong website. 

I love what they had to say in the opening paragraph:

"Words are powerful. They have the potential to bring us together and the potential to tear us apart. Since the beginning of time, words have carried an incredible amountof weight. In an address to the Canadian Parliament, President John. F. Kennedy declared, “What unites us is far greater than what divides us”. He sought to bring together two countries in agreement; focusing not on their differences, but on that which might bring them together. How much more is this declaration true for those who believe in the name of Jesus? (Matt 18:19-20)"

The video created is excellent and could be useful for worship.