Tonight we have been remembering the 9th anniversay of Mum's death. My original post was written two days after: Mum has died.
When I got the phone call with the news I was on a silent retreat weekend with SEITE as my of my ministerial training. In fact I was in an evening silent Communion Service being led by Rev Inderjit Bhogal and had to slip out to take the call.
I remember driving home from Kent and then we all went straight down to Emsworth to join the rest of the family, getting there very late on the Saturday evening.
Today we had a quiet meal with just the 3 of us left at home and we were reminising. Pleased that our youngest, who was 6 at the time, was able to say that all his memories of his Grandparents were good even though he lost 3 of them (all to cancer) that year.
I want to recommend three posts by my friend Alan:
Thanks Al! Good stuff.
I am pretty close to Al on these issues and recommend him as someone worth following and getting to know.
According to The Road to "Elder" ado: Farewell, Newfrontiers UK "At the turn of the year, Newfrontiers UK, the UK part of the "apostolic sphere" of Terry Virgo, formally ceased to exist in it's previous form."
So Newfrontiers has ceased to exist.
However, this hapens in a typically self-delusional way. The post delights in saying "WE NEVER WERE A DENOMINATION".
Denomination from Merriam Webter
"4: a religious organization whose congregations are united in their adherence to its beliefs and practices"
a religious group, usually including many local churches, often larger than a sect: the Lutheran denomination." dictionary.reference.com
I say typical because Newfrontiers play these kinds of games with definitions all the time.
For example I have been told many times that Newfrontiers believe in equality. Yet the equality that they believe in is consistantly not equal
- Wives should submit to the headship of their Husbands
- Women can never be elders in the Church
- Many of them place additional restrictions on women such as not allowing them to preach in Church or teach men.
They claim this equality in just the same way as they claim to not have been a denomination, by playing with defintions. Equality is about value they say, not about role. Yet nothing tells us publicly more about value than the roles you permit and such a defintion is actually a redefintion of equality:
[mass noun] the state of being equal, especially in status, rights, or opportunities:an organization aiming to promote racial equality Oxford Dictionaries
Now that Newfrontiers apparently does not exist (although recognising that this may simply mean that Newfrontiers have redefined the word "exist") it will be interesting to follow what happens with the new Apostolic Balls. NB fed up of redefining words they have decided to create new phrases "Apostolic Spheres" is the current favoured one, but as they contradict Scripture by requiring all their Apostles to have balls (yes a reference to Junia in Romans 16) I figure "Apostolic Balls" is more appropriate.