just back from two weeks holiday which was wonderful including cycling from the south to north coast of devon, visiting friends en route and then staying in n devon which is an amazing part of the world. i took a few photos which i'll add at some point. but it's back into work and getting ready for greenbelt. hope to see a load of you there!
cms are hosting the kitchen venue this year. this is a space deisgned for conversation rather than long presentations or talks. cms began with the clapham sect gathered around a teapot in clapham planning the abolition of slavery and the founding of cms amongst other things. so we hope in the same way that conversation around a teapot today can be equally as catalytic and infused.
saturday, sunday and monday are themed on community, pioneering and justice - this all ties in with greenbelt's theme of new beginnings. i am hosting the sunday on pioneering with andrea campanale. the overall programme for the kitchen is here and sunday's programme is below. it's deliberately not named full of high profile people to draw crowds - the idea is that it is converstion about practice of mission. do come and join in.
for those of you who are pioneers - sunday is the day though i think you'll like the rest. sunday evening we are having a party/gatrhering for pioneers at 9pm - drinks and nibbles will be provided so do come to that - we want to pack the place and catch up with pioneers far and near. you can download a flyer here which doubles up as a driinks voucher.
if you are interested in pioneer training with cms i will be around all weekend - head to the cms tent or stand and they can arrange a time if i am not there. believe it or not, it's not too late to sign up for the year ahead.
looking forward to it...
ADVENTurous on saturday was a wonderful day. i hope it is the first of many - a regular advent festival like this exploring poignant themes, celebrating advent, fused with the arts in london would be amazing. i was photographer for the day and have added a set of photos here - see slideshow here.
this photo is the lead singer of hope and social wandering into the crowd literally unplugged - up on a pew (which he politely asked permission for!!) singing and hand aloft to the cavern of the chapel. it was a really magical moment. it was also almost completely in the dark so i was pleased i managed to get a photo out of it!
and this is one of the amazing pieces of art put together by engedi arts and now in leeds and shortly to be in colwyn bay - this chess set is called 'mother mary chess set' and is by pea runstall and pits a series of marys against the empire of domination - it must have taken an eon to make and was quite extraordinary as was the rest of the art.
if i were to think what are the themes i want to look at and think about at the moment in the world they would be ecology, economy and faith, and guess what next saturday - dec 1 - there is an incredibly creative event in london doing exactly that - ADVENTurous.
the day consists of
it's all hosted by greenbelt. you can get tickets for the day, evening or both. if you can't afford it and want to come e-mail me and i'll see what i can do (shhhh don't tell anyone)
i can't wait! what a great way to kick off advent. i'll try and get blogging this week about advent - no time no time and yes i know advent is about waiting.
ADVENTurous is an exciting festival on dec 2 in london hosted by greenbelt at the wonderful union chapel. there is a day of thinking, artistry and imagining around the world we live in and the issues we face in the areas of faith, ecology and economy and how we get to a new world. the line up of speakers looks great - mike frost, ann morrisy, ruth valerio, ann pettifor, abdul rehman malik. then in the evening there is an evening of artistry with harry baker (!), iain archer and hope and social. tickets for the whole day if you book before the end of october are only £25 which seems like a pretty good deal.
en gedi arts are curating the visual arts for this and simultaneously exhibitions and events in leftbank leeds and the imperial hotel in colwyn bay. hope to see you there!
i really love this spontaneous eucharist kit created by molten meditation for greenbelt this year. there's an elaborate write up on it here and how robin and suzanne from two fairly different christian traditions created a way of doing something that was as respectful as possible whilst breaking communion out of it's box. here's how robin describes it
Sometimes it seems that the ritual of the bread and wine are hidden, are kept from people and guarded by the Priests and the church. My desire really is to give the Eucharist away...
...The concept we were trying to get across is that the bread and wine could have a greater significance for us in our daily lives if we took it out of the church. In any moment of celebration or where something needed healing you could bring out the box and share Communion with those around you - or with yourself. How beautiful could that be?
so they had the bread and wne blessed by an ordained priest and created little kits and gave them away - simple eh? you can download a kit here.
if you are in norfolk check out soulcircus that they are both involved in...
well that's the theme of greenbelt next year as she turns 40 and looks back and looks forward. this year greenbelt as ever was a delight - a hopeful sign of the kingdom of god and what the church can be at her best - creative, searching, diverse, hopeful, honest, celebratory, learning, welcoming, human, spiritual, on the way to a better world, healing. my favourite moment i think was hearing bruce cockburn sing 'lovers in a dangerous time' with that immortal line - you got to kick at the darkness til it bleeds daylight. showing my age but i probably first heard him sing that getting on for 25 years ago. greenbelt was the muddiest i can remember since the year goldie was DJing in a tent next to one where grace were leading quiet worship! greenbelt was also the moment i think i will have transitioned into being 'harry baker's dad' as he rocked greenbelt with his sensational poetry off the back of his edinburgh shows - so exciting to see...
seemed like an appropriate blog post title too. after greenbelt it always feels like the chilled summer season is definitely over and the mayhem is about to start! i am gearing up for a new intake of students later in september on the cms pioneer mission leadership training including our first intake of pioneer ordinands and the addition of a new MA in pioneer ministry. we'll also be switching accrediting body to the university of durham over the next two years which whatever way you look at it will create work. so time to get cracking...
thanks to everyone who bothered to get up and come to the session i spoke at on monday morning - i was amazed anyone was there! if you liked the content you might like this series on newness -
1 the adjacent possible | 2 the new belongs elsewhere | 3 dissent | 4 refounding |5 darkness and unknowing | 6 connect don't protect | 7 imagination grief and amazement | 8 mission community beyond lose networks
and this series of talks which is an expanded version really of what i was sharing about another world is possible.
hope to see a load of friends old and new at greenbelt 2012 in cheltenham... no doubt you will have your own schedule of stuff to do but here's a few things i'll be doing.
in gloucester cathedral for a gathering tonight - always a highlight...
on the cms stand and meeting people to talk about the totally wonderful pioneer mission leadership training - find me there or in the tiny tea tent if you want to chat about it
doing a talk called another world is possible on monday at 9:30am in GTV (i think) - here's the spiel...
There are always those in power in empires, organisations, cultures and churches who have vested interest in the status quo. Business as usual serves them rather well. In the midst of this stuckness there are those who see, imagine, speak and dream a new world. Through this gift brought by prophets, dissenters, poets and artists newness emerges and another world is possible.
cheering on world slam champion harry baker as he brings his 5 star show to greenbelt 7pm sat night in the performance café - solas were two years ahead of greenbelt on this one but hey they've caught up with the forward thinking scots and given him his own slot now!
watching joel's pechakucha (presentation of 20 slides lasting 20 seconds each) - no idea where or when that is?
taking part in grace service god's not fair which will be in the art gallery saturday 3pm using si smith's amazing images on job, and attending grace workshop sun 7pm - what we've learned now we are eighteen
going to the beer tent saturday evening to meet with pioneers for a rendezvous (see here for other slots) and bucaneer kester brewin who is celebrating his self published book mutiny on all things piratical (is that a word?!) and his big 4 0 ! i read the book on holiday and really enjoyed it whilst raising an eyebrow or too at the rewrite of the prodigal son as a dark tale, christianity as ever the bad evil empire, and god as the wizard of oz who is not there when the curtain is pulled back (or torn in two)!! will try and review at some point it though my best intentions of reviewing books get overtaken by too much work to do these days (and i am still waiting for kester to review curating worship ;) )
taking part in the annual photoswap
paradise lost and found afternoon of short talks on may 20 is being hosted by greenbelt at the greenbelt offices in london
someone mentioned to me this week that they had been looking at greenbelt's talks on their web site. the last two years you have to pay for, but they have made all the talks from previous years downloadable free. this is a massive resource! there have been many wonderful talks over the years. if you have one you think is particularly worth listening to leave a comment...
pechakucha - no i'd not heard of it before but greenbelt has two evenings with people presenting in the pechakucha format of 20 slides giving a spiel for 20 seconds on each one. i am giving one (as is steve collins and presumably about 5 others) on sat night 8pm called small adventures on my approach to photography
silent pilgrimage - pick up a set of headphones and follow this year's trail which has been put together by proost and is all spoken word on the theme of home exploring longing, wandering, exile, and homecoming. we have three poets - pádraig o tuama, harry baker and chris goan - should be pretty good!
DJing - i confess i loved playing tunes in the wine bar a couple of years back and so had to say yes when mike rose and i were invited to play tunes in the beer tent on friday night. i think our slot is from round about 9:15-10:30pm. expect a pretty chilled selection - horizontal dancing. whether you'll be able to hear anything in there above the chat i have no idea! but at least come and say hi and buy us a beer :-)
grace are taking part in the worship programme as ever with two services and an installation. yearn riffs on the parable of the prodigal son on sat at 12 noon (which sadly clashes with harry's spoken word show in the big top - grrrrr) and love thy six billion neighbours on monday explores our planet as home at 2pm and we are adding kitchen to the horsebox installation on home.
cms have a stand in g-source and pioneer training will be one of the things featured. do come and say hi or if you want to meet me to chat about it i will happily see you in the tiny tea tent or bar. there's a workshop in there at 5pm on saturday which i am taking part in along with guys from ripon college on ordained pioneer ministry.
...and i'll be taking a photo along to the photoswap i mentioned below
but no doubt i will be mainly talking to friends old and new from near and far thinking i really must go to something!
the last couple of years at greenbelt there has been a photoswap. it does exactly what it sounds like. and you get a photo exhibited over the weekend. i have taken part the last two years and no doubt will again. here's some blurb on it
Bring your photograph along on the first evening of the festival and see it hung as part of an exhibition that will last all weekend.Bring your friends to see your work, and eavesdrop as people try and understand your "motivation".Then, on the final evening, watch as your fellow photographers fall over each other for the privilege of taking home your art and sticking it on the fridge.You bring a photo, you take one back. Simple. Inspirational.
more lineup announcements from greenbelt today - mavis staples is playing which is wonderful! harry baker also gets annunced in the lineup which made me smile. he's putting together what promises to be a pretty stonking line up for a spoken word night.
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