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Together Autumn2020Autumn 2020 edition:

Seeking to Listen: listening to God - listening to each other

Welcome to the autumn edition of Baptists Together magazine, an edition that seeks to capture some of the stories and reflections across our denomination in the months of lockdown and anti-racism protests sparked by the killing of George Floyd.

We invited a range of contributors to share what they have been learning during this period of grief, upheaval and dislocation. As the pieces came in and the stories began to be told, a common theme of listening emerged: above all, the need to listen to God, as we emerge unsteadily from lockdown and into a post-pandemic world – how is he calling us in our contexts? In seeking to hear his voice, we need too to listen to others – to our communities, to those who are different from us, to those who are grieving, to each other. God is moving, and the act of listening can help us discern how to join in.

Click here for the Autumn 2020 edition.

Some of the key articles in the magazine are featured below:
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'It was so painful'  
As the minister of Trinity Church in Rawdon, Leeds, Helen Lambert normally conducts around four to five funerals a year. 2020 has proved to be very different More ...
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'We need to really try to understand each other'   
Reflections on racial justice and young people, with Amie Buhari, founder and chief executive of the Hebe Foundation More ...
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‘Everybody has a desire to love and care for their neighbour. Tapping into that is powerful.’   
The vision of Seaton Baptist Church, released in part by a Home Mission grant at the start of 2020, led to the explosion of a brand new missional adventure over the weeks of lockdown. What’s happening next? More ...
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A wild way   
We are moving into a new way of being church - missional listener Ben Lucas offers questions and waymarkers from his journey to help us reflect on our own contexts More ...
Black Lives Matter  
Joe Kapolyo shares a historical, sociological and theological perspective More ...
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Discerning the prophetic: perspectives of Majority World theologies on suffering and discipleship  
If the church is going to do discipleship and mission well in this Corona-climate, we need to grasp Jesus’ understanding of suffering and sacrifice – and listening to Majority World voices is essential, writes Israel Olofinjana More ...
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Embracing liminality to meet God in an unfamiliar normal  
An old way of doing things is slipping out of sight, but the new way has not yet come into focus. Simon Jones offers this reflection to guide our thinking More ...
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I wanna be loved by you  
In the midst of a health pandemic and worldwide protests against racism, Baptist minister Tony Ashley reflects on what God could be possibly saying to us about these very fragile and uncertain times More ...
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Inhabiting the space of the other  
With churches reflecting on who they are and what they do, Simon Jay shares his experience of being part of an Urban Expression team in Birmingham More ...
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Know your why; choose your narrative; live out your DNA
Three timely lessons, shared by our Pioneer Ambassadors More ...
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Making space for what will be…   
A reflection on recent months based on Isaiah 43:18-19 from General Secretary Lynn Green More ...
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Reflections on ministry with children, young people and families  
Jodie Thorpe shares some of the emerging themes for churches with a focus on children, youth and families ministries More ...
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The Church in our post-COVID World
A hopeful presence in a traumatised nation, but it needs to be able to listen as well as share, writes Sally Nelson More ...
The question we should all be asking… 
As restrictions begin to lift now is a good time to ask "What do people need from churches right now?" - then consider how best we can use technology to meet those needs. By Rob Beamish More ...
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The Southend Emergency Fund  
People on the margins in Southend have been supported throughout lockdown by an emergency fund with two Baptist ministers at its heart More ...
Unlocking the lockdown   
The journey from supermarket to recording studio and beyond – Stephen Cave of Queens Road Baptist Church, Broadstairs offers his thoughts More ...
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What I’ve been learning in lockdown  
The need to wait and listen: Baptist minister Claire Nicholls offers this reflection on recent months, and what happens next More ...

A printed copy of the magazine is sent to each minister and church secretary, and additional copies are available to purchase from our online shop.
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