I was invited to lead a workshop at Holy City in Glasgow last night. I mentioned before that I was delighted to be asked but now terrified…
Well, it wasn’t that scary! In fact, I liked it a lot.
I’ve known about Holy City for ages and it’s been on my ‘I’d quite like to go to that’ list but I’ve never got round to going. I’m so glad I did, even if it took an invite to get me there (perhaps a lesson in that?).
People gather from 7pm for a chat and around 7.20pm new songs are taught for the worship later in the evening and the workshops are plugged. Then at 7.30pm people choose their workshop and go there for an hour.
There was a great variety of workshops last night, all around the idea of ‘telling’.
Mine was called ‘Telling Signs?’ and I tried to encourage people to talk about what signs of new life they were seeing outside the church and to ask what the church’s response to those should be. I think it was a good discussion but in many ways the ‘Emerging Church’ is so nebulous that it’s difficult for people to grasp which part we are talking about… or to want to categorise these communities at all.
Worship was the most subversive act I’ve seen in a church for a long time. We thought about telling… and those who because of a decission by the General Assembly are not allowed to tell and the issue they are not allowed to tell of… sexuality.
Deep words, beautiful music, conversation and actions in an amazing space with great people.
I’ll be back… next term. And if you find yourself in Glasgow on the last Sunday of the month then you could do much worse than spend some time at Holy City.