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Thermometer theology – Learning from the First Fourteen Years of Touchstone in Bradford

date OCTOBER 10
date Geoff Reid (Bradford UK)

…a movement of faith expressing the good news of Christ through the words, deeds and lives of those who share a vision for the city. When I had a spell in hospital earlier this year I discovered that they now take your temperature by sticking a pointed electronic device in your ear. I missed the glass thermometer popped into the mouth with its transparency and its capacity to silence the most garrulous patient for a few minutes. Transparency and listening loom large in the self-understanding of Touchstone. The mercury in the old clinical thermometer, visibly reacting to its context, provides…

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A Manifesto for Corporate Worship

date OCTOBER 10
date MATT REES ( Oxford UK)

A couple of weeks ago we had a night at 'home' where we reviewed the vision behind what we are about. one of the things i presented was a 'Manifesto for Corporate Worship'. Now before you all get on your high horse I know that worship is about the whole of our lives etc. but this is a set of values that relate specifically to our times of gathering together, as a community of faith, to express corporately our worship of our God. below are the 11 points that i think inform what we are doing in this aspect of…

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Debra has no idea what she is doing

date OCTOBER 10
date DEBRA (New Jersey)

Hi, welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of your feet. Let's chat. So who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?I’m Debra. Currently I live in Cape May County, New Jersey – but I was born in Wausau, Wisconsin, have lived in Decorah, Iowa; Boston, Massachusetts; Brookline, Massachusetts, Newton Center, Massachusetts; Elgin, Illinois; Lake Bluff, Illinois; Mount Prospect, Illinois; and Countryside, Illinois. I’m an Episcopal priest – serving as the Vicar of a small mission and the Assistant to the Rector of a medium-sized church. Can I get you…

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