A reminder that this fascinating-looking zoom discussion, Deacons Interrupted, is happening this coming Wednesday ie 10 November. Tickets are going fast! Do book on Eventbrite.
I'm delighted to say that we are offering DEACONS INTERRUPTED, an autumn zoom for distinctive deacons - and anyone interested - to discuss the diaconal elements of Al Barrett's and Ruth Harley's best-selling book, Being Interrupted. This book is making waves this year, and is a radical look at how we do mission. It's a long time since I was so excited by a book ! - because so much of it turns out to be diaconal.
An Eastertide sermon from Deacon Jess Foster. Readings: Acts 2.14a,22-32 and John 20.19-31 At this very strange and bewildering time we may be able to identify with the disciples in a new way. We too are locked away in fear, many of us are grieving the loss of a loved one or we may be … Continue reading OFFERING STORIES OF RESURRECTION HOPE: Deacon Jess Foster
From Deacon Jess Foster's blog A sermon based on the reading set for the first Sunday of Lent. Matthew 4 1-11 A cultural desert, I feel deserted, the desert is barren, it’s a wilderness out there. I like words and I enjoy thinking about what words we put together and what words sound like each … Continue reading LENT SERMON FROM ONE WHO WANDERS IN THE WILDERNESS: Deacon Jess Foster
Deacon Jess Foster reflects on a land and peoples she is coming to know and love. Image from Daniel Case I bet nearly everyone reading this blog has heard this Christmas staple in the past few weeks. I wonder how you responded to it? Does it jar, inspire or are you numbed by familiarity? Does … Continue reading O LITTLE TOWN OF BETHLEHEM …
#distinctivedeacon Jess Foster specialises in inter-faith work, both through her parish and wider ministry and by teaching at the Queens Foundation College in Birmingham. Recently she went to Bosnia, and reflected on the visit in this sermon. November 13, 2018 Shell-shocked. A war without weapons. Pock-marked. Scarred. Raw open wounds. Brokenness. Injustice. My clearest memories … Continue reading Hear again the call to peace – a sermon of remembrance for the people of Bosnia.
From early 2017 to mid 2018, the diaconate steering group for Deacon Jessica Foster (comprising Paula Gooder [chair]; Martin Stephenson; Richard Sudworth and Jessica Foster*] met together to reflect on Jessica’s vocation as a deacon. Inevitably the group wanted to do this particular reflection in the light and context of a wider reflection on the … Continue reading LOOKING FORWARD TO A THRIVING DIACONATE
Deacon Jess Foster (Birmingham) has recently returned from a multi-faith visit to Israel/Palestine. Walking along the canal today I passed a man who was intent on taking a photo. He stood for quite some time focussing and refocussing a professional looking camera, gazing at a spot over the water. After passing him I glanced back … Continue reading THE SUBJECTIVENESS OF SEEING: Deacon Jess reflects on a multi-faith visit to Israel-Palestine
Deacon Jess Foster muses on bread-making as a creative response to church decline, religious difference and community cohesion. Bread Church was prompted by a conversation in which someone outside the church mentioned to our vicar (a fantastic baker) how much she would like to make bread. It was not started to meet our need for … Continue reading A DEACON’S BREAD