The potential of the New Year
Bringing happiness to work
The following article was written as an introduction to the Resolve course by Bishop Roger Morris.
The champagne bottles are out with the recycling, the fireworks are a dim and distant memory, and another New Year’s Eve (or NYE as the text-speak generation now call it) has been and gone. Whether you partied like it’s 1999 or stayed at home watching television, the chances are that you will have thought about New Year resolutions.
Diocese of Lichfield try UDC resources
The following is written by someone who recently ran The Happiness Lab in his workplace, but who wishes to remain anonymous.
I’m not an evangelist, though I’ve always held and felt the conviction that we’re all called to be active in reaching out. In the workplace that’s normally looked like just being willing to enter into conversations with colleagues as they come up, though I’ve thought many times about doing something more proactive like running Alpha.
Desperately Seeking Happiness
Written by George Fisher — In 2018 we launched an experiment with the Ugly Duckling Company materials in the Diocese of Lichfield. The materials are aimed at people who don’t attend church and they have been specifically created to enable churches to reach out into local communities with something that starts to develop relationships, but that is pre-Alpha material.
A review of The Happiness Lab from Melbourne
Ask people what they want for themselves, their children, families and friends and there is a strong chance ‘happiness’ or to ‘be happy’ would figure highly in the list. In fact, happiness is of such importance that there is an annual World Happiness Report produced by Helliwell, J., Layard, R., & Sachs, J. (2019) World Happiness Report 2019, New York.
A review of The Happiness Lab from Shirehampton
We recently received an email from our friend Mandy from Syndal Baptist Church, Melbourne, sharing how their church uses UDC resources. Well, there’s been lots of experimenting in the disciplines that develop a happier life happening “Down Under” during 2018… well, amongst some of the Syndal Baptist community in Melbourne, Victoria anyway!
What is a spiritual conversation?
Rev Helen Johnson said “I was surprised by the strong response. We had clearly identified a pressing need which people were prepared to do something about. Many of them had no connection with our church, and they stayed with us for all of the sessions.”
A spiritual conversation is an open discussion between equals in which participants meet each other where they are to acknowledge and discuss the forces that speak into their lives as they try to answer the question ‘Who am I?’