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August 31, 2010, 2:11 pm

Leading green - podcast

Dave Bookless of A Rocha rejects the notion that 'green issues' are an optional add-on for middle-class congregations.
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Speaking exclusively to CL, Dave enthuses about the missionary mandate for 'green leadership', and takes us back to God's Genesis plan for humanity...
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Look out for Dave's article 'Leading Green' in CL73 (October 2010).









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August 10, 2010, 4:17 pm

Fit

Coolly bespectacled Dr Graham Tomlin is the Director of London's St Mellitus College and an enthusiastic promoter of a pro-active approach to spiritual health - for all.

Here's a recent podcast interview with Graham in which he rehearses some of his key tips for spiritiual health - and reveals the identity of the college's patron saint.









And don't forget this is just one of whole series of CPAS leadership podcasts on the CPAS site.

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August 5, 2010, 1:55 pm

A bit of a ding-dong?

Weddings? Don't you love them, those heartwarming family occasions celebrating all that's wonderful about lifelong commitment in marriage?

Or has this particular rite of passage been subverted and corrupted by today's consumer culture?

Well that's the view of the Rev Canon Dr Giles Fraser, expressed in a recent BBC Radio 4 Thought for the Day, causing quite a few ripples of controversy.

Here's a link to the BBC website essay on the topic.

What's your experience of weddings in your church?

Have they become flashier and trashier in recent years? (Current surveys indicate an average wedding spend of £20,000.)

And, if they have, should we be encouraging the happy couples (and their famiies) to take a simpler, greener, gentler approach to tying the knot?

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August 4, 2010, 2:52 pm

Rev

Hapless inner-city incumbent Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander) is, possibly, today's most-discussed British church leader.

BBC2's new comedy series Rev. came to an end this week, having attracted audiences of up to 2 million.

'Are you watching Rev.?' has become a regular opening line beside the CPAS water-cooler. And it seems that quite a lot of us have been, with varying degrees of approval and identification.

Colleagues with backgrounds in parish ministry seem to recognise the Smallbones' exhausting experience of all-hours bell-ringing (at the vicarage door, not in the belfry), accompanied by frequently bizarre requests for help, food, coffee and cash.

Ditto the surge of new worshippers following news of a good Ofsted report at the church school.

A friend who's a Venerable assures me his management style is almost as terrifying as that of the show's vulpine Archdeacon Robert. I'm hoping his tongue was in his cheek.

At the heart of the show is the crumpled figure of Adam, struggling to find his way through a maze of responsibilities and temptations.

Interestingly, scriptwriter James Wood is at pains to emphasise Adam's sense of having been called by God to a role that, in human terms, is nigh on impossible...

So, to which segment of the CPAS 'leadership doughnut', should we be directing Adam's attention?

Any ideas?

Meanwhile (on the Archdeacon's orders) I've offered Adam a complimentary subscription to Church Leadership - and am hoping he'll be back with Series 2 before long.

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August 4, 2010, 1:46 pm

Rev





Hapless inner-city incumbent Adam Smallbone (Tom Hollander) is, possibly, today's most-discussed British church leader.
BBC2's new comedy series Rev. came to an end this week, having attracted audiences of up to 2 million.
'Are you watching Rev.?' has become a regular opening line beside the CPAS water-cooler. And it seems that quite a lot of us have been, with varying degrees of approval and identification.
Colleagues with backgrounds in parish ministry seem to recognise the Smallbones' exhausting experience of all-hours bell-ringing (at the vicarage door, not in the belfry), accompanied by frequently bizarre requests for help, food, coffee and cash.
Ditto the surge of new worshippers following news of a good Ofsted report at the church school.
A friend who's a Venerable assures me his management style is almost as terrifying as that of the show's vulpine Archdeacon Robert. I'm hoping his tongue was in his cheek.
At the heart of the show is the crumpled figure of Adam, struggling to find his way through a maze of responsibilities and temptations.
Interestingly, scriptwriter James Wood is at pains to emphasise Adam's sense of having been called by God to a role that, in human terms, is nigh on impossible...
So, to which segment of the CPAS 'leadership doughnut', should we be directing Adam's attention?
Any ideas?
Meanwhile (on the Archdeacon's orders) I've offered Adama complimentary subscription to Church Leadership - and am hoping he'll be back with Series 2 before long.

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