At some point in our journey of doing good, we will probably experience grief. It can manifest itself in so many different ways such as shock or disbelief, denial, guilt anger and even depression.
Join Rob and Ken as they share and reflect on their experiences of grief and how grieving with others can be a powerful and transformative experience in doing good.
In this conversation, Rob mentions Dorothee Sölle, a German liberation theologian who wrote about the three phases of grieving when responding compassionately to a world in pain which she expounds in her book, Suffering.
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In today’s conversation Rob and Ken are joined by Bill and Eve Perry who were running a bustling fruit and veg shop in the heart of the East End of London, England when they felt a divine nudge to close down the shop in 1995 and open a community space called The Garden Cafe.
The cafe aims to bring the local community together and improve quality of life for folks who live nearby through providing delicious meals and running community projects with a particular emphasis on young people and those with learning difficulties as well as mental health issues.
Listen in as Bill and Eve share their remarkable journey of running a vibrant cafe as they sought to live out the values of Jesus in their local community.
Bill was born into the bombsites and debris of East London’s Docklands, with it working class slums but at the same time into a vibrant community. “I was always aware that my life was a journey, a journey towards the light, and ‘something other’.”
Meanwhile Eve comes from Melbourne Australia. Married at 18 to a merchant seaman from eat London, Eve left Australia the next year to sail to London to meet his family, with every intention of returning to Australia after a couple of years.
However, that all changed in September 1978.
Looking back on events at that time, “…we now realise that we were brought together for a reason, to share in a journey that would continue for the rest of our lives.”
“We were chosen, not because we were anything special, but then again we were not ordinary either. In the eyes of the world, just a couple of crazy unimportant hippies, yet God chose us to be a part of a power expression of ‘The Kingdom of God’ on earth. We were to build a place of ‘Spirituality’ and ‘Belonging’, where all would find a home and find The ‘Christ’ within themselves, and each other.
These days Bill and Eve have retired and find themselves being still, knowing God listening and waiting patiently for what’s next.
Join Ken and Rob as they kick off season two of Rumors of Doing Good talking about becoming curious instead of imposing their own rules when engaging different cultures as well as their experiences of engaging and respecting the cultural norms of folks who live outdoors as well as the anarchist community in their adventures of doing good.
Cultural norms are the guidelines by which one lives. They are the common expectations, standards and rules that people in a social group follow to influence their behavior. Growing up in a particular culture, cultural standards are frequently learnt and reinforced via parents, friends, teachers and others.
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