About the Being Interrupted: Reimagining the Church’s Mission from the Outside, In course
As the church begins to emerge from the ‘great interruption’ of Covid-19, how can we find a hopeful, creative and liberating approach to mission? We will explore how interruptions can be a gift, how Jesus both interrupts and is interrupted, and what an ‘alternative economy’ for the church’s mission could look like
The course will be divided into three sessions:
Session 1: Where are we? We will spend some time locating ourselves and our communities in the context of the dynamics of power and privilege, obliviousness and oppression which exist within society and the church. We will use interactive tools to help us reflect on our own locatedness, and what that means for our approach to mission.
Session 2: Being interrupted. We will spend some time reflecting on biblical stories of interruption, and what they have to say to us about mission. We will use a range of tactics to approach scripture in creative and interruptive ways.
Session 3: Re-imagining. We will explore an alternative approach to mission, open to the interruption of ‘the other’, and some of the tactics which can facilitate this approach. There will be an opportunity to tell stories of interruption. We will end by exploring what an interrupted vision of the church’s mission means for how we interpret the cross and resurrection.
The Revd Dr Al Barrett is rector of Hodge Hill Church in the Diocese of Birmingham, and an Honorary Research Fellow at The Queen’s Foundation. He has a developing role engaging with the wider church around practical, political and theological questions of mission, community-building, power and justice.
The Revd Ruth Harley is curate of Watling Valley Ecumenical Partnership in Milton Keynes in the Diocese of Oxford. Her research interests focus around feminist ecclesiology, and questions about how power is understood and used within the church
This course is part of the Salisbury CMD programme.