February 3, 2012

Values and practices

As Wendell Berry has said, “A change of heart or of values without a practice is only another pointless luxury of a passively consumptive way of life.”  Wendell Berry, The Idea of a Local Economy

Therefore these are our common values as a Christian discipleship community, and the practices which embody them:

Values Practice
Spirituality
Worship
  • Lectionary/Church year
  • Bible Study
  • Eucharist (Mark 14:22-25)
  • Queries and advices
Prayer
  • Contemplative prayer (Mt 6:5-13)
  • Daily prayer (Philippians 4:6)
Creativity/beauty
Community
Relationships
  • Binding and loosing (Mt 18:15-18)
  • Fun
  • Honesty, truthfulness, integrity (Mt 5:37)
  • International solidarity
  • Life stories
  • Living in proximity (shared common life)
  • Solidarity with indigenous Australians
  • Economic sharing (including financial support for GraceTree)
Care for creation (sustainability)
  • Gardening (Gen 1:11-12, Mk 4:1-9)
  • Permaculture
  • Fruit & Veg Co-op
Hospitality
  • Common meals (Luke 24:13-35, 1 Cor 11:17-29)
  • Eucharist (Mk 14:22-25)
  • Priority for the vulnerable/outsider
Mission
Engagement with Principalities and Powers
  • Prophetic public action (Mk 11:15-18)
  • Nonviolent direct action
Good work/vocation
  • Choosing work (paid and unpaid) that is good for people and creation.
  • Encouraging the twin poles of passion and responsibility
Outreach
  • Sharing the gospel
  • Being good neighbours

Out of these practices emerge our common life.