The Danish Film-maker And The Scottish Donkey

Oyvind Borgso is the first person to use the guest room in my new house. He flew from Copenhagen to film interviews for a new web ministry he will soon launch. In the context of a world at a cross roads he asked for talks on A Way of Life, Simplicity, Purity, Rhythm, Creation, Death and Wholeness. Each had to be unscripted and perfectly natural!

Oyvind can be creative, clever and unselfish. He became enthused with my own potential new web outreach - a self-guided life-long course in our Way of Life for millennials to veterans from every land. Everyone who enrols will receive seven daily emails followed by a week to work through spiritual formation exercises; the pattern repeats for up to ten years. However, the technology defeats me and he is good at technology - and marketing and creating audio-visual on-line resources. Hopefully from The Fall next year anyone will be able to enrol without cost, but the costs are considerable, so we are inviting donations.

On Sunday we worshipped at Preston Pans, on the coast south of Edinburgh, where loads of young people in a caf style church told the Christmas story from the point of view of the donkey, Father Christmas appeared, and traditional carols and modern worship choruses were seamlessly intertwined. Faith Brennan led the worship and her husband Scott (an Explorer with our community) told about Herod and the wise men in the pantomime style of goodies and baddies.

This amazing group of people have refurbished the redundant Scottish Episcopal Church with fantastic art, ambiences and lighting. They have created rooms for a variety of purposes, a community garden and other facilities. Scott said 'You will feel at home here because this reflects the Village of God you have written so much about'. Maybe the best example is in my book 'High Street Monasteries'. That, however, does not mention either Father Christmas or a donkey.

Posted at 01:32am on 20th December 2016
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