Community and Belonging

Community and Belonging

April 1, 2022By Alan Roxburgh

So many of us are asking so many questions right now about where we are. These questions are about our churches, but they’re also about our society as a whole. We have this growing sense that the ground has shifted beneath our feet. We don’t know where we are anymore. Ways of life and leading … Read More

Reflections on Community

Reflections on Community

April 1, 2022By admin

Roxburgh reflects on where we are at in building community and shares some reflections and stories about how quietly and off the radar a different kind of church in being formed.

Farming and Congregations

Farming and Congregations

November 9, 2021By admin

Roxburgh reflects on COP26, the environmental crisis and how a recent book by Lake District farmer James Rebanks can help us understand what is happening to our congregations.

The Soil of Community

The Soil of Community

October 13, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Somehow, somewhere, we seem to have lost our sense of belonging and connectedness. But this overarching sense of loss of community isn’t the only story. The Spirit of Jesus is at work in our neighbourhoods fermenting a new kind of community in all kinds of unexpected places. Our experiences of isolation are, in part, shaped … Read More

The Gospel and Identity

The Gospel and Identity

September 16, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

A Christian framing of identity begins with the confession that our identity, as a group or community, is formed and rooted in Jesus Christ. Thus, the shaping of identity in congregations in the midst of this great unraveling begins with the regular confession of who we are in God through Christ. This is why a … Read More

Learning from the 72

Learning from the 72

September 2, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

There is no “code to 21st Century Ministry” but there are practices rooted in our great tradition. The leaders we need contribute to forming a people who embrace the story of God’s agency and the Spirit’s re-weaving in the places where they live amidst the great unraveling. This has been as true for the 5th … Read More

Christian Imagination

Christian Imagination

August 23, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Roxburgh reflects on the moment we are in. In the midst of the exhaustion, heaviness and hopelessness (even in our churches), how can we see with the eyes of Christian imagination?

Leading Forward

Leading Forward

August 23, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Over these past months we’ve been travelling through strange landscapes with little time to stop to see where we were. What pundits predicted six, or even three months ago now seems hopelessly naive. We’re tired. Too often we feel confused around how to lead institutions that once worked but now seem unable to adapt to … Read More

Roots Resist

Roots Resist

August 4, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

There are moments in our lives when we encounter people who, through a story they share or a picture they paint, reorient our sense of the world. Over these last five posts, I’ve shared how this experience came to me through four amazing women writers. Five years after writing Joining God (2015), I’d become less … Read More

Freed from Nationalism

Freed from Nationalism

August 3, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan Roxburgh reflects on summer, the Olympics and Nationalism. He recommends some reading as we put Nationalism in its appropriate place. Recommended: From Rodney Clapp’s new Book Naming Neoliberalism, the Chapter “Freed from Nationalism and Freed for Catholicity”.

Midsummer Pause

Midsummer Pause

July 26, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

It’s midsummer. Alan reflects on how easy it is to be overburdened with worries and concerns in this heavy summer. But there is another way. Let’s live deeply into the wonder and beauty of this moment as the Spirit is working. We can take this time to listen to the rooted voices filled with hope … Read More

Your Job is to Hold Hands

Your Job is to Hold Hands

July 26, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

I wasn’t prepared to be changed by a book on the dieback of yellow cedars in southeast Alaska. But that’s how God changes us – in completely unexpected ways. Several years ago I found myself reading Mary Jo Leddy, Leanne Betasamosake Simpson, Lauren E. Oakes and Simone Weil. Collectively, the Spirit was using their writing … Read More