Where is God in the Ordinary?

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God in the Ordinary

In our life at Commoners Wesleyan Community we champion the presence of God in the ordinary. Ordinary Time in the Church calendar is a significant part of who we are. In a world that’s about noise, hype, the pursuit of bigger and better, and where so many expressions of spirituality are seeking lights, cameras, and action I believe we’re in … Read More

In the Stillness

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In the Stillness

There is a need for us to stop and pause in the stillness, silence, and the space of the contemplative. In so doing we allow God to work in us in such a way that as we step into our relationships with others and the world around us, they, in turn, can encounter the Divine. In this video Phileena Heuertz … Read More

Pause, Wait and Be Silent

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Pause

This time of year can be a mad rush. In Aotearoa New Zealand, Christmas sits within our summer holiday so all the arrangements of time off work, a long time off school and the festivities of Christmas and New Year all come together in a perfect storm. It can be stress central. Advent speaks to that. With only hours to … Read More

The Point of Silence

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The Point of Silence

If I had to sum up the point of silence and the contemplative practice of it in my life, I would use this line I grabbed from another blog post.

Grace and Silence go Hand in Hand

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Recently I was giving some thought to how I would describe those moments in contemplative silence where I have felt like I experienced something – a sort of transcendence. For me those moments are few and far between but they’re important to my ongoing journey. Most of the time silence feels like a bit of a struggle and hard work, … Read More

The Spirituality of Puzzle Making

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Puzzle Making

Everything is spiritual but there are some things that seem to detract from life while others seem to build it up. I’m a bit of a digital and information junky. I’m the former because of the latter. The digital world is like plugging information straight into your veins. For this reason I need tools that enable me to ‘unplug’ and … Read More