i am delighted to say that we have a couple of days in oxford - september 1 and 2 - one with mark yaconelli whose work on contemplative youth ministry is simply brilliant, and one with dave andrews, a radical who has inspired me over the years with his writing and living in the way of christ in communities. it's the week after greenbelt but that's because they are over for that! there's also a shalom youth conference that week in birmingham so if you are an urban youth worker you may be at that so it's all happening. you can book online here and i'm expecting these to be popular so you may not want to leave it until the last minute. please pass on the pdf (see below) to your friends and networks. anyway here's the blurb...
Join Dave Andrews and Mark Yaconelli in an exploration of rootsy youth and community work and radical spirituality.
Church Urban Fund, CMS and the Centre for Youth Ministry are hosting a couple of days in September at CMS House in Oxford to explore further useful ideas, thinking and practice to do with radical community and youth work. Inspiring and practical, with time to dig deeper and discover more, each day will help to equip you in the work you do. We’re really pleased to welcome Dave Andrews on Sept 1 for a day on community work, and Mark Yaconelli on Sept 2 for a day on youth work, spirituality and young people. Both Mark and Dave are well known and highly respected practitioners making rare visits to the UK.
1st September 10am-4pm: Growing Radical, Rooted, Distinctive Community work, Dave Andrews
This is a great opportunity to reflect on your own community work with a rootsy activist working at the grassroots. Dave is particularly interested in radical spirituality, incarnational community and the dynamics of personal and social transformation.
During the day you will:
1. Explore frameworks for effective community involvement that don’t assume large numbers or funds.
2. Develop skills to encourage and mobilise others in ongoing community work.
3. Provide perspectives to keep the fire in the belly, avoid burn out and help sustain ourselves.
4. Confront questions and seek answers about work.
5. Connect with other activists and organisations involved in compassionate community work.
Dave and Ange and their family have lived and worked in intentional Christian communities with marginalised people in Asia and Australia for nearly 40 years. With their friends they started Aashiana, Sahara and Sharan - three well-known community organisations working with slum dwellers, sex workers, drug addicts and people with HIV/AIDS in India; and they are currently working alongside Aborgines, refugees and people with disabilities with the Waiters Union, an inner city community network in Brisbane Australia.
Dave is an educator for TEAR Australia and an elder for Servants to Asia’s Urban Poor. He has written many books including Christi-Anarchy, Not Religion But Love, People Of Compassion and Plan Be.
2nd September 10am-4pm: Wonder, Fear, and Longing: Tending the Adolescent Soul, Mark Yaconelli
How do we slow young people (and ourselves) to the speed of God? How do we help young people discover their capacity for love, generosity, compassion, and kindness? How do we cultivate the heart and life of Jesus within the young people of our communities? How do we as youth workers, ministers, pastors and parents become transparent to the suffering and needs of young people without burning out? Through story, discussion, and spiritual practice Mark Yaconelli will share his experience and practical research from twenty years of ministering to the souls of young people and the youth workers who serve them.
Mark Yaconelli was the founder and director of the Youth Ministry and Spirituality Project at San Francisco Theological Seminary which received attention across the United States for its ground-breaking integration of spiritual direction, contemplation, and ancient spiritual practices within adolescent spiritual formation programs. Mark is author of four books including Contemplative Youth Ministry: Practicing the Presence of Jesus and most recently, Wonder, Fear, and Longing. Mark currently serves as Project Director for the Center for Engaged Compassion at Claremont School of Theology.
You can download a pdf with the information on here. Please spread the word - e-mail it to your friends and networks. Drinks and lunch are included in the ticket price.