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Sunday, April 17, 2005

 

Your Country Needs You

I thought that the exercise must have been written by someone who is anti the two party system as the questions were written as such, but the result came out as I expected. Instead of just being the gen x disillusioned, actually get out and do something. I strongly urge people to vote in the upcoming election. Although I'm realistic about Democracy being a flawed system we still have a chance to speak, so use that chance. there ends the party political broadcast at step up, I shall promise not to take up too much space with the upcoming election.

Who Should You Vote For?

Who should I vote for?

Your expected outcome:

Liberal Democrat


Your actual outcome:



Labour -18
Conservative -15
Liberal Democrat 32
UK Independence Party -8
Green 17


You should vote: Liberal Democrat

The LibDems take a strong stand against tax cuts and a strong one in favour of public services: they would make long-term residential care for the elderly free across the UK, and scrap university tuition fees. They are in favour of a ban on smoking in public places, but would relax laws on cannabis. They propose to change vehicle taxation to be based on usage rather than ownership.

Take the test at Who Should You Vote For


Friday, April 15, 2005

 

It runs like Clockwork… It’s every Wednesday… Orange Wednesdays!

So there’s this article on the 24-7Prayer site in the news section linking to an item called ‘How monks invented the alarm clock to help them pray’.

For some reason I’d never considered how we involved with 24-7 prayer are tied into such technology such as the advancement of the clock to recognise time. In order to pass the baton of prayer we need to have a system of time a la the Benedictine monks. This article made me stop and think upon this whole concept and think about rhythms. It’s seems clear to me that nature reflects rhythm in a big way and yet clocks, a human invention although completely reflecting rhythm have ended up taking us out rhythm with nature. We adopt meetings to last a certain amount of time; we work in the dark during winter all because we have our own 9-5 little prison to thank. What was a great tool for good to be able to monitor when one should be resting, working studying or praying has become a manacle.

It’s always interesting looking at certain developing world cultures where the clock has not played such a role. Do they get so upset with tardiness, with stresses of rushing and disobeying speed limits? Well some might, but I do remember spending time with an African guy at university and it was great to talk to him as he never felt like he was rushing to another place. There’s an element of complete hospitality when we abandon our clocks. Every person we meet in that scenario, might feel more like appointments by God. We see plenty of this in our own lives when we host visitors and for a while, time sometimes has to go on the backburner as we try to discover what becoming Mary is about. I’d have loved to see what Jesus’ disciples were like in terms of trying to move him on to other engagements. Part of me has to consider whether he played havoc with them. It’s this deep desire to learn more about these rhythms of hospitality; relationship and prayer that make me keener to discover the urban monk within.

24-7 Prayer developed out of a look at the Moravians in Hernhut who took on prayer in periods of time and rhythms. We at 24-7 take it on using the clock to interpret time. Is this evolution and also a way God wants to redeem one of man’s better inventions?

Sunday, April 03, 2005

 

The Pope Must Die

I know it’s an insensitive title, but it borrows the tile of a funny movie starring Robbie Coltrane and speaks a truth that the Pope has a physical death. This fact one cannot deny. Sorry if it causes offence.





I’m not about to get into the theological wrangling of Catholicism; instead I choose to walk the true call to a united ecumenism.

I had the privilege to be at the 24-7 Prayer Canada Gathering in Calgary today. Our 3-day conference was housed in the recently launched Urban Monastery, which resides in a building hosted by the Catholic “The Jesus Loves You Society”.

A 3rd Order Franciscan monk named Carla hosts the building. The Urban Monastery here in Calgary, really are journeying and exploring Catholic roots of monasticism.

Today was so great to pray in a Catholic building at such a key time for the church as Pope John Paul II passed away. Today I got to pray with my new friend Chris Jones in the chapel in this place. The heaviness of the presence of God in this room was incredible and we found ourselves having to be on our knees.

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