Saturday, December 30, 2006

What to do?

What do you do with an old, empty church? Our union of parishes here in the middle of Ireland has two vacant church buildings. My rector has told me that they are there to use if I can think of any viable options to use them for. I have some wonderful ideas, but I'm trying to discern the best option. We would need to raise some capital to make 'whatever' happen. Any suggestions???? Come dream with me.

Friday, December 29, 2006

A sick, but enjoyable Christmas

Well, we have all been very sick here in the Tucker home this past week. It's made our time somewhat less enjoyable over the holidays. The kids have had the deep, chesty coughs and runny noses, Christy has had nausea and related symptoms, and I've had the same as the kids but with the added bonus of not being able to hear. Both of my ears went silent and finally one is back. Anyway, the sickness meant that we had to cancel two meals out with friends, as well as two sets of visitors staying with us. Unfortunate.

On the brighter side, it's meant that we've had uninterrupted time together as a family in the home - all three of them all to myself - and that's been wonderful! Recently, Neve was in her first play. She was an angel and her line was, "I'm lost. Can you show me the way to Bethlehem so I can see the Baby?" Too cute. Both Neve and Aidan had an audience with Santa and plenty of time to play with (and fight over) their newly acquired toys. One of our surprise pluses has been the fact that we've been able to do video conferencing with some family over the holidays - now that's good stuff.

Wherever you are, whatever you're up to . . may these final days of 2006 be both reflective and affirming of your telos, or purpose, in this great wide world as we enter 2007. May God surprise you in the year ahead!!!

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Essential Christmas!

Last weekend I was apart of a fantastic event hosted by 3Rock Youth called Essential. Essential is a reflective, multi-media event which unites reverance with relevance. It was held in Christ Church cathedral in Dublin on Friday night and St. Saviour's in Arklow, Co. Wicklow on Saturday night. Click here for some images from last year's event. Congratulations to Greg and the 3Rock team for mqaking it such a memorable event!

As part of the evening, a rising musician called Foy Vance appeared to play two songs - An Indescriminate Act of Kindness and Gabriel and the Vagabond. Foy's willingness to join us for the night was a real treat. This was only the second time I had ever heard him (the previous being one song on television). After the event I had the opportunity to get to know Foy a bit better at a Chinese with a few friends. It was great being able to talk art, faith and culture with him and the other boys - Andrew and Gareth - and share some of the vision for Dreamers of the Day. I especially appreciated the time because Dreamers' exists to a certain extent to serve artists' like Foy. Below are a few vids of Foy and/or his music. You may have caught his song Gabriel and the Vagabond on Grey's Anatomy.

Where do they get the time?

Monday, December 11, 2006

Learning 'How [Not] To Speak of God'

Hello to all my peeps on out in the world-wide webopolis! Apologies it's been so long since I last posted. Life (as they say) has been a little crazy. My lack of posting certainly hasn't been due to a lack of thoughts, musings and concerns to share with you - it's been mostly schedule issues. Anywho, I'm here again and I suppose the most exciting thing to post about is that Dreamers of the Day has been linked from Tony Jones' blog [national coordinator for Emergent] advertising an audio lecture for download by Dr. Pete Rollins - author of 'How [Not] To Speak of God'. The lecture is a discourse on the 'third way' offered by the Christian Mystics on the un-nameable Mystery we call God. I listened to the lecture again two weeks ago and was inspired afresh! Please support Pete Rollins and Dreamers of the Day by downloading this great resource. See for more information (PayPal enabled).