Dave Tomlinson, author of Post-Evangelical, dropped in to Converse last Wednesday evening. He’s out in Australia for the Black Stump festival this weekend, so Mike Frost and co. lined him up to join the conversers for an update on where he’s at. Working as a vicar for the Church of England it turns out.
He related his journey from authoritarian forms of Pentecostalism, through the house church movment, through Holy Joes, to the point where he felt drawn to more litergical forms of Chistian worship. Not a journey I particularly indentified with myself but a story that I very much appreciated hearing. Just goes to show that we’re not all in the same headspace and respect for diversity is important.
He also spoke of the ‘second naiveté’ and reenchantment which was much more in tune with my own experience; of the process of spiritual growth, moving from chaos to belief, from belief to doubt, and from doubt to doubting your doubts and experiencing re-enchantment. He related how the second innocence is not so much a burying of your questions as transcending them.
As for Black Stump, when we went around the circle at Converse I learned that Dean Tregenza is running the ‘sacred space’ out there this weekend. I found that encouraging as a few of the kids that attend our local youth group are going to Stump and it was good to be able to pass on there will be some alternative worship spaces for them.