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

Hard to Keep Going

Hard to Keep Going

July 19, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Anyone else finding it hard to keep going these days? Roxburgh shares some reflections on the way forward when the world we live in is not working anymore. He points to a Dorothy Day quote shared by Stephanie Spellers on Facebook: Whenever I groan within myself and think how hard it is to keep writing … Read More

God’s People and Resurgence

God’s People and Resurgence

July 19, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

In this blog post I want to address the question: Within the communities in which we live, what does a Gospel response to the fragility of belonging look like? Another of my conversation partners in Joining God in the Great Unraveling: Where We Are & What I Have Learned (2021) is Leanne Betasamosake Simpson and … Read More

Manufacturing and Mystery

Manufacturing and Mystery

July 12, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Our very human tendency is to try to manufacture our own lives. We try to control through what we manufacture rather than trusting in the mysterious process…which is God’s gift to us and our work. Fabrications are not suited to the life of faith. They don’t wear well. – Mary Jo Leddy, Reweaving Religious Life, … Read More

Fires and Local Life

Fires and Local Life

July 9, 2021By Alan Roxburgh

Alan reflects on the recent fires in Western Canada and the US. These tragic events underline how important it is for us to dwell in the local and become attentive. It is in the local, among the ordinary people we share life with, that the action and answers to the many growing crises are to … Read More