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Uncomfortable Questions: An invitation to some open discussions

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

Be warned this a strange invitation, offered for unusual times.

This is an invitation to join a small Zoom group for some open-ended conversations. There will be limited number of places to make Zoom conversation almost possible. Discussion will be in confidence, no answers will be promised, offered or taught. There will be no experts on hand to sort things out, instead just a starter for ten and possibly a pooling of ignorance.

To be honest, if you are the kind of Christian who craves straightforward answers to difficult questions, or can be shocked when people express doubt, or maybe just prefer an uncomplicated faith, then read no further. Responding to this invitation would probably not be helpful for you – or anyone else.

On the other hand, if you are, committed or not, already asking yourself uncomfortable questions and you are prepared to live without black and white responses; if you would like some companionship on the way and a ‘safe’ holding place to take risks, then this group might just work for you.

What will we discuss and how? My suggestion is that we don’t over commit ourselves. So, an hour’s discussion and perhaps start with four sessions. Some short input – a question starter: perhaps a little newspaper article or short article. Then an opportunity for discussion which I will try and facilitate. The questions might be quite tough but ones brought into focus by the present pandemic context: Judgement, Prayer, Healing and… active God? For starters!

I can’t promise any answers (in fact I don’t want any) but I can promise to stick in there, to listen and talk and of course pray.

If you would like to consider accepting the invitation then send an email to me at dean@newcastlecathedral.org.uk.