Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Walking humbly with our God

I was with my colleague, Bishop Peter, the Roman Catholic Bishop of Northampton, yesterday. He spoke of a Groundplan within the Diocese, which has the title, 'Walking humbly with our God', taken from Micah.

This appeals to me because it doesn't have the Star Trek stridency of some of our mission statements and strategy straplines. Not that it's any easier to do! I was reminded of the mission statement of Portrack Baptist Church, which I love, 'plodding hopefully in the right direction'.

[On reading this through, 'Star Trek stridency of some of our mission statements and strategy straplines' makes for a challenging tongue twister!!]

4 comments:

Glen Marshall said...

to boldly sibilate

Steve Summerfield said...

I think I understand what you're trying to say Geoff, and would agree with the "plodding on" statement but being a bit of a Trekkie, (yes I acknowledge I need prayer), there were some good "Star Trek" folk who saw themselves as there to serve, and some of the policies like non-interference etc were good, I guess the problem is that at its worst the Federation could be seen as rather strident, just like any institution/organisation.
Isn't that a comparison warning, taking the best of ourselves and comparing with the worst of those who are different?

Geoff Colmer said...

Good point Steve! I got into Battlestar Gallactica, but I'm not a Trekkie. I intend to see the latest Star Trek film at some point.

Anthea Cowen said...

The latest Star Trek film is excellent!... but a lot of the joy in the characters is from knowing them well as they were portrayed through the original series (ie it helps to have beena Trekkie!). This despite the film being set some years prior to the tv series era.

The creation of a pre-history for 'dear friends' (I'm from a Trekkie household so James T, Spock, Bones, Scottie, Sulu and Ohura feel almost like family) was surprisingly delightful, hilarious at times, and poignant. I'd expected to become indignant at this new portrayal. Thankfully it was well done, and oddly quite moving.

There's something about knowing where peeps have come from that colours in the more indistinct parts and accentuates the glorious.