Mindfulness as Mission Gift (Amazon)

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In this publication, Karen Openshaw and Bishop Chris Edmondson make a compelling and timely case for the urgent need to make connections between the practice of mindfulness and the church’s call to mission.

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In this publication, Karen Openshaw and Bishop Chris Edmondson make a compelling and timely case for the urgent need to make connections between the practice of mindfulness and the church’s call to mission.

Both these words can easily be misunderstood or hijacked. The authors helpfully unpack their respective meanings, locating their outworking and connectedness in the context of Scripture, as well as in examples from the long history of Christian tradition. Drawing from those rich and deep wells, they offer specific examples of how mindfulness is being practised in different ways across the UK. They go on to suggest helpful pointers as to how this practice – often considered to be rooted in Buddhism or as being something ‘secular’ – is In fact at the heart of Christian faith, and can be used as a mission gift in almost any context.

Whether quoting the words from Esther, “For such a time as this”, or the contemporary ‘Zeitgeist’, this publication seems particularly relevant in the light of the dreadful impact of COVID 19; and as the church wakes up to the need to engage in new and creative ways with people’s questions, pain and aspirations for the future.

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