Letter from Eric & Julia

Published on 27 May 2014 | Eric

Julia and I wrote this blog to share with you an update about our plans for the future. When we first moved to Amsterdam, we had an audacious goal to “plant and release a passionate, kingdom centered community in the heart of Amsterdam that would in turn plant other communities in other urban centers in Europe.” At the time, we didn’t realize just how crazy that goal was, especially within the five year timeframe that we committed to.  By God’s grace, we see that a beautiful community has been planted, one that is passionate about God’s kingdom being expressed in Amsterdam. We continue to pray that God will allow his kingdom to be extended in other cities around Europe through what he is doing in Vineyard Amsterdam.  read more »

Stand Still

Published on 11 April 2014 |

“It’s changing me, I feel like I’m becoming more human as I read this text,” she said as we walked through the narrow old streets of her hometown in Tunisia. The text was the gospel of Matthew and this woman, just two years older than me, and a Muslim, is being changed by Jesus’ words as she works to translate and make them understandable to an Arab audience. Her statement has stayed with me these past weeks. Becoming more fully human. Jesus didn’t come to earth with an idea to save our spirits and take them to heaven, leaving our bodies behind. He came saying, “Follow me,” to lead us into full humanity, for life now.  read more »

Moving into the neighborhood

Published on 16 January 2014 | Eric

Not very long ago, it seemed that we Westerners had nearly given up on the local. The old way of living, based in the local family, tribe, and neighborhood, was out. The larger human family, the cultures, and the new global economy were in. All of the hip seminars, business books, and magazine articles were a play on some variation of the theme of how networks make the world go round. 

We know that in our world ideas don’t seem to last long. As Bob Dylan sang, “For the loser now, Will be later to win, For the times they, They are a-changin’” (This truth can also bring us a sense of relief when we consider that we live in a city and a time that does not find the Gospel of Jesus at all fashionable… tomorrow that will all change.) These days, the network is falling into disfavor. While many have no doubt experienced benefits from going global, many others—ourselves included—have experienced serious drawbacks and sometimes tragic consequences. Think no further than the global economic crisis, or global trade, or the global war on terror. read more »

Nomads to Mars

Published on 22 October 2013 | Huub Waalewijn

A few weeks ago I was spending a day in a retreat house. In the chapel  there was a picture made by a brother/ monk from the Taizé Communtiy. It showed the face of a boy and behind it two hands . Later, when I googled the picture I found that it was part of a diptych and found out that the hands belonged to a father. Both hands tell a story. One hand rests on the shoulder of the boy. This is the gezellige hand, the familiair hand of a father that shows his presence and shows his proximity and security.
The other hand hangs behind the boy, is open and is an open invitation to move into the world. This hand almost pushes the boy forward, out of the frame into the world. Especially that hand struck me. This is a hand that is inviting to enter into life, take part in shaping reality and especially to take risks. read more »

Benedectine spirituality for a new season

Published on 3 September 2013 | Mark

The new season is back in town after a (I hope) lovely holiday period! After a time of rest and relaxation a new and exciting year awaits us! And the big question for many of us might be: how can I stay rested and relaxed while my agenda is getting filled fast? Well, according to Benedictine monks it is possible to have a completely filled agenda and never feel pressured (or are busy) at the same time. Here are some thoughts:  read more »

New Humanity...New Community

Published on 11 June 2013 |

Have you been in the situation in the past month where you find yourself looking around the room and wondering 'what in the world brings us together? We are all SO different.' I definitely have!
This is also something that when I bring my friends who are new to faith&church to any of our events keeps being the most intriguing part of their experience. Like one of my friend commented just recently after one of the Quo Vadis events as he was trying to get his head around our messy community: 'What an interesting sociological phenomenon!' :)

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Happy April!

Published on 27 March 2013 | Local Church | Julia Pickerill

On Sunday, 7 April at de Rode Hoed, join us for Quo Vadis Café! Quo Vadis Café is not a normal Meeting Point; instead, we’re taking a Sunday morning to be intentional about creating space for those who are interested in spirituality, but are not followers of Jesus. The purpose of Quo Vadis is to give you an easy opportunity to invite a friend, family member or colleague to de Rode Hoed to participate in a spiritual conversation. Quo Vadis is an interactive event and will feature music, theatre, poetry, dance & conversation around the topic of ‘finding rest’. read more »

24 | Lent

Published on 27 February 2013 | Local Church | Huub Waalewijn

We are half-way through the season of Lent. Honestly speaking, Lent arrived before I knew what happened. The oliebollenkraam (wintery donut place) was still hot when carnaval sounded the start of the Lent season.   Ash Wednesday passed before I knew and there it was: Lent! I quickly went into conclave to decide how to fast this year, and came up with a semi decision to watch a little less TV :). It led me to the question: why do we celebrate Lent? Where did those 40 days come from and where do they go? read more »