As the readers probably recall, just a few weeks ago we had our friends from the Northumbria Community for “their” week here at IBTS. One of the things they were preparing during that week was podcasts to be shared with brothers and sisters in the Baptist Union of Great Britain with meditations based on the perspective of the disciple Peter, leading from the Palm Sunday through the Holy Week leading into Easter. So if you click on this link, you will get a taste of the Northumbria Community and may also recognise various voices of IBTS folk! Blessed – truly blessed – Holy Week to all of you.
Who Is It That You Seek, Pt II
During the Northumbria Week at IBTS, a number of us, including all CATs, have been involved in thinking through the way how our worship relates to our spirituality, and in working creatively on arranging sacred spaces which would help us – and others – to see God and God’s work from a different perspective. Experiencing these sacred spaces was the focus of the last evening together with friends from Northumbria. Below are some impressions and thoughts of the CATs from the week:
Who is it that you seek?
We seek the Lord our God. Do you seek Him with all your heart? Amen. Lord, have mercy. Do you seek Him with all your soul? Amen. Lord, have mercy. Do you seek Him with all your mind? Amen. Lord, have mercy. Do you seek Him with all your strength? Amen. Christ, have mercy. Some of the readers will immediatelly recognise this part of the morning prayer of the Northumbria Community, with whom we share a warm bond of friendship for a few years already. Part of that friendship is an annual visit of the friends from the Community to IBTS to hold a Northumbria Week, which has been happening…
Guests are always welcome…
As full-time students, we spend the whole academic year on the campus of the seminary, located in the wonderful city of Prague. It is an amazing place where we are really happy to study. We love spending time with each other and with our Academic Team but we are really happy to have guests around as well and it is the best time for us. The end of March was a treat for us, residential students, because we were hosting two events at the same time: the Student Week of the Consortium of European Baptist Theological Schools and Northumbria week. The Northumbria group always visits IBTS once a year and…
Northumbria and IBTS – the dispersed communities
Janice and I enjoyed joining in last Friday night with a Northumbria Community group that meets once a month here in Cambridge, where we are now living. The invitation to the group had come from the couple hosting it, who were part of the Northumbria Community team at IBTS earlier this year. It was good to meet new people, to be led in a meditation based on readings from Henri Nouwen, and to finish with the Cuthbert Compline. The Northumbria Community has a Mother House but also an extensive ‘dispersed membership’, with some of these members able to meet in local groups. I realised during the evening that although IBTS…