Vaux | end-2 | July 2005

Vaux's final event was a celebration meal. Lamb, bitter herbs, red wine... a Passover before we depart.

Elias Brewin still prefers milk.

Left: a mistake, but I like the effect of a colourized black-and-white photograph.

Lord, now let your servant depart without peace
your word has not yet been fulfilled.

Our own eyes have not seen the salvation
which you have prepared for all people;
a darkness hides you from the nations
to the shame of your people, the Church.

But glory to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit,
even though it seems that as it was in the beginning,
is going to be now, and shall be for ever, world without end.

Amen

"Behold, I am doing a new thing. Do you not perceive it?"

'Only if I am still. Only if I have stopped what I was doing to listen and hold my breath and enter some spiritual apnoea and wait. The perception of the new step will only come to those brave enough to stop dancing the old. We fear that if we stopped for a week, a month, a service, a moment, we might be forgotten, or lose our momentum, weaken our profile, appear ill-thought-out and failing. But we must be brave enough to stop if we are to see change. Our structures must serve us, not us serve them.'

'The only way to consider whether our structures are serving us is to stop and reflect on them. To dismantle them; take them apart piece by piece. Expose them to the air. Lay them on the ground and let everyone walk around them and get a good look at them without the pressures of meetings and deadlines and agendas. This is the beginning of empowerment: we must allow people space and time to return to the deep simplicity of things.'

[From 'The Complex Christ']

Elias asleep.

Nic and Sooz talk to Adam.

Ladies and gentlemen, Vaux has left the building.

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