Twenty-One Elephants

Contributed by: Lorna Gray, National Youth Facilitator

Twenty-One Elephants is about a whole-of-life spirituality that messes with our relationships, reputation, families, money and living situations. It’s about the joy and the grief of embracing the reckless way of Jesus.

After coming to faith in the middle-class northern suburbs of Wellington, New Zealand, a chance meeting found author Scottie Reeve exposed to another side of living in the city he had known his whole life. Immersed in stories of addiction, violence and pain, Scottie found that his faith wasn’t big enough for the questions before him. Questions like: What if Jesus didn’t call us to just a more comfortable, popular and successful life? What if the promises of upward mobility and accumulation actually stand at odds with the way he invited us to? What if we’ve just used Christ to just get what we wanted all along anyway?

Twenty-One Elephants is about what we all know to be true, but are too scared to admit. It’s about a whole-of-life spirituality that messes with our relationships, reputation, families, money and living situations. It’s about the darkness of our world and the darkness within. It’s about the joy and the grief of embracing the reckless way of Jesus.

You can buy Twenty-One Elephants here.

Twenty-One Elephants Podcast

On the Twenty-One Elephants Podcast, Scottie Reeve, Spanky Moore & Rose Morris talk with guests about a range of topics that are shaping and influencing Anglican faith and communities across Aotearoa. While not specifically dedicated to youth ministry, many of their guests have a background in working with young people, and their discussions touch on issues that impact on youth ministry. Episodes of particular relevance to youth work and youth ministry include:

  • LIVE from The Abbey 2019 with Bishop Justin Duckworth: This live recording from The Abbey conference in Ōtautahi was recorded on the 23rd of August talking with Bishop Justin Duckworth on the question “What will I do with my life?”
  • Ancient Solutions: Social Media & Loneliness with Elliot Taylor: Scottie & Spanky meet with Elliot Taylor (Live For Tomorrow) to talk about his work reaching out to young people through social media, and how community and solitude can restore our sense of genuine connection.

About Scottie Reeve

Scottie leads Blueprint Church in Wellington, New Zealand with his wife Anna. Prior to this they spent 9 years working with young people through Zeal, a nationwide creative arts trust.

Scottie is an ordained Priest in the Anglican Church and a Social Entrepreneur, having launched espresso bars in downtown Wellington which exist for the purpose of employing young people into their first jobs.