1. the global communications revolution is fostering a new global consciousness
2. there is an emerging and global ecological awareness and concern
3. there is a shift towards postmodern social values: a pomo ethic
4. there is a new kind of spirituality emerging that is experiential and firsthand
5. there is a shift towards more sustainable ways of living
these were 5 trends identified by barry taylor as part of the waving not drowning conference in birmingham. pall singh, bev thomas and gordon lynch took part in a day reflecting on spirituality in our changing culture and its implications. one of the helpful comments that stuck with me was that the reason we keep struggling with these conversations is that it is probably a lifetimes work - so we shouldn't expect to have all the answers - maybe we have to live with the questions.
the conference was hosted by pip piper of osbd. i first met pip at brainstormers youth work conference years ago where he was doing creative video stuff. it was great to catch up and see the osbd offices and see how the work has moved on. seems to be heading towards the realisation of the dream of making a feature film or two - exciting stuff. we got a sneak preview of the next osbd resource kaleidoscope which is a dvd of moving image loops/rushes for you to add in to films/presentations/arkaos etc... i was also impressed by the custard factory set up where their offices are based. a few minutes from the city centre it is a mix of creative and arts based offices with bars and shops in a very tasteful complex - looks like a cool place to work. today i took part in a smaller conversation that was being filmed for a possible future osbd resource - the subject was the future shape of spirituality and culture and its implications for the church... not sure we came up with too much wisdom on the matter but it was good fun!
barry will be down in london next week for blah.