Monday, 29 November 2010

Breaking out of Boxes

Long time no blog!
It's funny how there are seasons for blogging, and seasons to refrain from blogging... Yes, a time for everything, and everything in its time. I assume that, for me, this low-blog season reflects the fact that most of my creative energy during term time goes into my life and work at St. Stephen's University - my teaching, my relationships, my marking, my faculty responsibilities, my research for future courses... Sometimes I wonder if this means that I am in fact really LIVING now, and only THINKING about living when I blog a lot. Or whether I am living an unreflected life now! :-) But then I decide it's just different ways of living. Different seasons. I do think this time with lots of action and not so much writing is good for me, but it's almost as if the values and choices I'm living out in this time spring in part from the reflection of the summer season.

Some recent creative energy also went into another talk at church just this Sunday. For the first time in many years, Jeremy and I 'tag-teamed', which was fun. You'll find the podcast of our joint talk - with lots of personal story-telling thrown in - HERE, entitled 'Breaking out of Boxes'. I enjoyed talking and sharing about this, because ideas around identity, how we construct it, how it affects how we act and relate, and how God might be involved in it all are very important to me. Also ideas of deconstruction of previous faith-informed worldviews, and the raw, vulnerable place this leaves you in - but one full of possibility! In some ways I guess this message is what Jeremy and I have been living for the last few years... If you take a listen, I hope you enjoy it, and I just wish you had actually been THERE to smile at or hug or chat to!!


  1. Hooray, you are back! I will do my best to listen to your podcast when I have a chance as the themes you mentioned above are near and dear to my heart too. I wish I had been there in person for a laugh and a hug. Good for you for sharing your heart with others - it's awesome.

  2. i was there and appreciated it so - you were both so transparent and present. love it! thank you!

  3. Thanks for your responses and encouragement, friends! Yes, it would have been wonderful to have you there, Julianne, and I'm so glad you WERE, Heidi. I can always rely on one nodding, smiling head - yours! ;-)

  4. I do very much like listening to your voice, Rachael Barham, especially as it is speaking such wisdom.