Many particular thanks to Jane for leading the worship last Sunday - I hear very imaginatively. I had a super weekend, first of all training to be an ordination-supervisor, then with my family in Yorkshire. I also seem to have finally got over the flu
This week, M&Ms starts to wake up and stretch after the exams!
Tuesday 3 February
19u30: HG at a new location this semester: Scott and Jeremy's. We'll be looking at the Good Samaritan in Luke 10.
P-café will def begin next Wednesday: we just need to agree the time of day, lunchtime or early evening...
Thursday 5 February
12u30 to 15u: KU Leuven Student Orientation Day. This semester, the university has responded in the best possible way to requests to make the Orientation Day short and sweet. Just two and a half hours in Alma 2. Please come to have some coffee, to talk to any unsuspecting students who wander past our table, to talk to the people from other faith groups who are represented. Please bring photographic evidence that M&Ms exists to compensate for Jack's "minimalist" approach to decorating the M&Ms table
Saturday 7 February
11u11 sharp: Trip to Koffieklap Antwerpen. Koffieklap is a café run by one of the Christian charities which M&Ms supports, Oasis België. HG last semester explored practical ways (rather than just giving money and praying, important as these are) in which M&Ms could help Oasis. This will be an introductory trip to Koffieklap in the company of Phil Lane, who runs Oasis België. The train leaves platform 9 of Leuven Station at 11u11, so please do not be late - arrive in good time to buy your own ticket and get some coffee (there is nothing served on the train). We will spend some time at Koffieklap, and those who wish might go on to spend a bit of time in Antwerp, Belgium's second city. There's no need to book, just turn up on the day.
Sunday 8 February - 2nd Sunday before Lent
14u: Lunch at Sarah's: all are welcome to this bring-and-share lunch, but please let Jack know beforehand if you're coming and what scrumptious dish you'll be bringing.
17u30: Choir practice
18u30: Holy Communion (Jack will lead the service, and Phil Lane (who's a Baptist minister as well as running Oasis België) will preach.)
- This week's articles etc:
- This article cuts to the heart of the intellectual argument for theism (at least from Jack's point of view) - the failure of atheist materialism to give a coherent account of human consciousness: www.theguardian.com/science/2015/jan/21/-sp-why-cant-worlds-greatest-minds-solve-mystery-consciousness
- Giles Fraser is an Anglican priest in London famous for his media profile; two excellent articles from him this week: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2015/jan/23/slopes-davos-what-weak-could-teach-strong?CMP=twt_gu and: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/feb/02/stephen-fry-god-christianity-evil-maniac
- For those who prefer Diplomacy to Axis & Allies, Bob has set up an M&Ms on-line Diplomacy game: www.playdiplomacy.com/ (95972 St. Martha and Mary's of Leuven, password: goedendag)
Love from Jack
Daily Anglican prayer:
Jeremy Heuslein's blog (former member of M&Ms, now at Holy Trinity Brussels):