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The outsiders and the creatives

The Very Rev Albert Bogle considers how the Church might creatively reach out to outsiders.

THERE is something significant that happens when the outsider is invited to become part of the story of forgiveness and faith. I have come to see that the ministry of Jesus was more often than not based around an encounter with an outsider who is invited to let him become a participant in their life and story. Take for instance the woman at the well in John Chapter 4. She is definitely an outsider even in her own community. Her reputation means she goes to draw water when no one is around. She is a Samaritan woman which means she is an outsider in the eyes of most Jewish Rabbis. Jesus asks her to give him a drink, he engages with her in conversation. He then off ers her an opportunity to participate in his mission and by the end of the encounter she brings her whole village out to meet Jesus. The Samaritan woman becomes an agent of mission even though she doesn’t quite tick all the right boxes.

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