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A Year of Transformation

The Very Revd Geoff Miller, Dean of Newcastle, writes…

Over the last week some of you will have noticed that I have begun to make some Facebook postings with the title ‘Making Sacred Space Common Ground – a year of transformation’. I hope that there will be more to come but I thought it might be helpful to give some background to the (rash) project I have embarked on.

This coming week we begin the most ambitious refurbishment of the Cathedral in over 100 years and so I think the next year will be not only a scary roller coaster but also hugely transformative: For the building, of course, but perhaps also for those of us who have found a place to ‘be’ here – and for whatever reason. Of course, the heart of that ‘being’ for many of us is an adventure or pilgrimage of faith but for others it is a passion for heritage or music or friendship or whatever. It is my hope that we can encourage each other to take the opportunities the year brings to go beyond the surface, to journey deeper, to find the ‘more than’ that lurks beneath our daily experiences. As a Christian foundation we give testimony to the friendship with Christ that inspires us and continues to develop in our relationship with him. For those who find such talk difficult, maybe there will be common ground in our mutual humanity. After all, at the very least Jesus Christ is an inspiring model of compassionate humanity, though for Christians he is so much more.

So, I decided (perhaps rashly), that this being such a significant year, I should try to foster a discipline of reflection, if you like to begin to document the external changes and the internal transformation in real time. At the outset I thought I would write a piece each day but I quickly realised I had bitten more than I could chew, but I did make a start. I also committed myself to sharing my simple reflections in the hope they may be helpful for others but also in the hope that they may spur others on to share in the discipline themselves. Perhaps I dream we may become an even better learning/discipleship community.

I claim little expertise or originality in what I have written but hope the reflections are at least worth a read. I’d love to have any comments, or to read your reflections. It will be a privilege to journey together wherever that takes us and at least for me I remain confident that Christ will be constantly at our side.