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theses on non-academic learning
November 26, 2017, 10:03 pm
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Updated February 2016

I’m engaged in quite a bit of work at the moment that is around helping people – who may not come from suburban academic contexts – to learn and flourish as disciples.  The theses below are an attempt to set down some of the basis of all this.  This is very much a draft.  This will need at least another revision, not least in the order of the theses, but I would be really grateful for any comments and thoughts.  I hope this might help with conversations within the Church of England about how to raise up people from all backgrounds, especially those which the Church often overlooks.


This short paper is part of a forthcoming collection on ‘Learning theology while avoiding academic culture’, written by practitioners in England and Wales.

I am attempting to distil some of the importance, background and principles behind Non-Academic Theology…

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November 24, 2017, 12:53 pm
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into the depth

Perhaps Therese of Lisieux, patroness of all missions, was meant to live out a destiny in which her time was limited to a minimum, her actions were reduced to essentials, her heroism was indiscernible to those who looked for it, and the scope of her mission covered a mere few square meters, in order to teach us that the effectiveness of a mission is not always measurable by the hands of a clock, that actions are not always visible, that missions covering vast distances will be joined by missions that penetrate straight into the depth of the crowds of humanity.  In that abyss, these missions will make contact with the human spirit that questions the world, and oscillates between the mystery of a God who wants it to be small and stripped bare, and the mystery of a world that wants it to be great and powerful. 

from Ville Marxiste, Terre de Mission by Madeleine Delbrel

November 19, 2017, 5:30 pm
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Rest eternal grant to them O Lord

November 16, 2017, 7:00 pm
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Is this the rare Thames crocodile? Or the even more elusive Cherwell alligator?

November 15, 2017, 6:53 pm
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winter trees sky
November 14, 2017, 4:16 pm
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