First... many thanks for all the support and encouragement we've received in response to the programme... Whilst I feel a little punch drunk on the whole I think there are some important and positive issues that arise from it...
Firstly, how we develop communication and a generous understanding within the church, particularly amongst those of us who may be from different traditions but share a passion for being peacemakers in the world, how we share stories and wisdom and how we seek to support each other despite our differences.
Secondly, how we together develop a deep and broad understanding of mission, with all of it's aspects and how we seek a greater a sense of the missio Dei (the mission of God) in the here and now.
Thirdly, how we learn more about, this changing world, the culture in which we live and of the road ahead for this nation and the globe and how we can better serve and seek to bring peace and healing to both the local and global community.
& Fourthly, how we seek to explore, listen and learn from others including those whose spirituality is not Christian or even Religious, without simply seeking to "convert" or "enrol" them.
These are some of the questions we believe are important and exploring them is part of the purpose of safespace telford, Fresh Expressions and Pioneer Ministry as a whole. If the programme aids this dialogue, helps these questions to be explored further and understanding to grow within the Diocese, the Church of England, CMS and the church as a whole then it has had a very positive outcome and we will be very happy to have taken part.