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This month in our Nooma Night we shall be thinking about who God is and God is like. We will be meeting at Vicars Cafe as usual on Wednesday 2nd February @7.30pm. There will be a shared meal followed the DVD and discussion. Everyone Welcome.

This what Rob Bell says about his DVD entitled ‘She’.

We didn’t have anything to do with our birth. We are all here because some woman somewhere gave us life. Her pain, her effort, for our life. And when a mother gives like that to a child, she is showing us what God is like. But sometimes this part of God’s nature is overlooked. a lot of us are comfortable with male imagery for God. But what about female imagery for God? Is God limited to a gender? Or does God transcend and yet include what we know as male and female? Maybe if we were more aware of the feminine imagery for God we would have a better understanding of who God is and what God is like.

Nooma Night “Open” – Report

Our first Nooma night of 2011 took place last night (and as you can see it is rapidly becoming a youth event). We enjoyed a sumptuous vegetable chilli with all the trimmings, kindly concocted by Eileen before repairing upstairs to the Red Room for our DVD and discussion.

After a few technical hitches, we watched as Rob Bell tackled some of the difficult questions about prayer. Why is it he asked ‘that some prayers seemed to get answered whilst others do not?’. ‘How honest are we with God when we pray?’ ‘Is prayer our natural posture towards God?’

We felt that that this was a hard subject for which there are not always easy answers. When agreed that we should ourselves be honest and admit that we do not always know why certain things happen the way that they do. This was the best way to do justice to our faith and to God, whom we knew treats everyone the same.

There are more photos on our Facebook page.

Our Nooma Night presentation for this month is ‘Open’ which asks the question ‘Does Prayer Really Help?’ This is an important issue as many people with no stated faith still turned to prayer at times of need.

In his blurb on the DVD, Rob Bell puts it this way.

‘Many of us have experienced situations where we’ve prayed and it felt like God wasn’t listening. And yet other times we’ve prayed or known someone that prayed and the situation changed. Does God answer prayer? Sometimes, but not all the time? Or does God always answer prayer it’s just that sometimes God says no? some of us are angry with God for not answering the prayers we’ve prayed for years. Why did he answer their prayer but not ours? What if there’s more to prayer than just God listening and answering? Maybe if we understood how Jesus prayed, our concepts and expectations of prayer would change.’

We meet at Vicars Cafe in Saltaire at 7.30pm on Wednesday 5th January. There will be a meal followed by the DVD and a discussion. Everyone welcome.

Nooma Night – Cancelled

Owing to the Adverse weather conditions, we have decided to cancel the Nooma Night scheduled for this evening. I apologise for the inconvenience. The DVD will be shown instead in January (weather permitting).

Our Nooma Night presentation for this month is ‘Open’ which asks the question ‘Does Prayer Really Help?’ This is an important issue as many people with no stated faith still turned to prayer at times of need.

In his introduction to DVD Rob Bell puts it this way.

‘Many of us have experienced situations where we’ve prayed and it felt like God wasn’t listening. And yet other times we’ve prayed or known someone that prayed and the situation changed. Does God answer prayer? Sometimes, but not all the time? Or does God always answer prayer it’s just that sometimes God says no? some of us are angry with God for not answering the prayers we’ve prayed for years. Why did he answer their prayer but not ours? What if there’s more to prayer than just God listening and answering? Maybe if we understood how Jesus prayed, our concepts and expectations of prayer would change.’

We meet at Vicars Cafe in Saltaire at 7.30pm on Wednesday 1st December. There will be a meal followed by the DVD and a discussion. Everyone welcome.

Nooma – ‘Name’

Another absorbing Nooma night. There were nine of us at Vicars last night . We managed to devour a goodly amount of pizza, not to mention the chocolate doughnuts (I told you not mention them!).

After the meal we ascended with drinks to the Red Room to watch the DVD ‘Name’ in which Rob Bell examines the concept of identity.

As Shakespeare put it

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet.”

Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2)

During the discussion that followed there was reference to the meaning that names have, whether we liked our names and our struggle to be happy in our skins. We thought that as God knows exactly who we are and loves us in spite of it all, that perhaps we should be able to own ourselves and be at peace – easy to say but much harder to live out. We also felt that as a Christian community to we should be able to trust ourselves to other people and they to us, warts and all. Again easier said than done.

My thanks go to Ceri and Eileen for helping with cooking and to everyone for helping to clear up. Also congratulations to Eileen daughter on choosing the name Isabel for her daughter. See you all again next month.

This month at our Nooma Night we will as usual be enjoying an excellent meal together. After which we will view of the Nooma DVD entitled ‘Name’ and this will be the basis for our discussions. here is what Rob Bell says about the subject to addressed in ‘Name’.

We all compare ourselves to others. We spend our lives wondering what others think and say about us. Some of us even wish we were someone else. We question why we are the way we are and not the way we wish we could be.Some of us have let the expectations of others dictate who we’ve become. We act a certain way to be accepted but know that we’re being untrue.

But why are we so concerned with what other people think, say, or look like? What does it say about us if we are unable to accept who we are? Maybe if we really knew our true selves, we wouldn’t give so much attention to other peoples’ lives and live more in tune with the life God wants for us.

We meet at Vicars Cafe in Saltaire at 7.30pm on Wednesday 3rd November. Everyone welcome.

Nooma – Wednesday 6th October

Our Nooma DVD this month is entitled ‘Today’. Here is an outline of the subject for discussion.

How much time and energy do we spend wishing things were how they used to be? We often think about times in our past when things were different and want our lives to be like that again.

Some of us have even come to believe that our best days may actually be behind us. But if we’re in some way hung up on the past, what does that mean for our lives now? How are we and those around us affected if we’re not fully present? If we’re longing for the way things used to be, what does that really say about our understanding and appreciation of our lives today?

Maybe we need to learn to embrace our past for what it is, in order to live our lives to the fullest, right here, right now.

Why not come along to Vicars and join us for good food and stimulating conversation.

Wednesday 6th October – 7.30pm @ Vicars Cafe

Nooma Night – Wednesday 1st September – 7.30pm @ Vicars Cafe.

The month the DVD is entitled ‘Store’ and here is a preview of Rob Bell’s theme.

‘We all get angry about things from time to time–some of us more often than others. For some of us, it feels like we’re constantly on the brink of losing it, where it doesn’t take much to get angry about anything. And this kind of anger can be seen everywhere we go – at work, in traffic, at the store, at home.

But what is really at its root?Anger is often looked at as a bad thing, but are there things actually worth getting angry about? Maybe if we had a better understanding of our anger and where it comes from, we could learn how to channel it toward something constructive–something that’s bigger than ourselves.’

Come for the food, stay for the DVD and discussion. Everyone Welcome

Nooma Report

A goodly band of Noomas (or is it ‘Noomanites’ or perhaps ‘Noomistas’ gathered for our latest slice of the world of Rob Bell.

This month we were considering the DVD ‘You’ in which Bell takes great pains to set Jesus and his followers in their historical context. He asks the question ‘What makes our faith so special?’ and goes on to suggest that it is humbly serving in a “universe-wide movement” to restore a world that is “broken and desperately in need of repair.”

He goes on to make the point that was first expounded by Paul that we are the good news. We are love letters from God to broken world and that faith is not so much about assent to a set of principles as it is a life well lived in Christ.