i teach youth ministry for cym (one module) and as part of that am a member of the iasym. it's a professional body with an international conference every two years and publishes a journal of applied theology and youth ministry [if you teach youth ministry you should join...]
anyway that's all by way of saying that i am currently at the first european iasym conference in josefstal, germany. i really had no idea where i was coming to other than flying to munich - i hadn't got round to looking it up. so it has been a wonderful surprise to be in an amazing location in the alps in bavaria. the day before we arrived there was a big snowfall which has made it look magical.
the conference is a chance for people in the association to present research or thinking that they have been working on and then we talk about it. we had a sneak preview of pete ward's next book which looks like it will be really interesting (out in october) on 'a practical theology for the liquid church'. richard passmore and i presented some thoughts on church on the edge. there are people here from holland, norway, denmark, sweden, scotland, holland, belgium, slovenia, germany and probably a few other places i've forgotten.
anyway, that's why the blog is a bit quiet...
have added a few snowy pics to flickr