Thursday, November 29, 2007

feeding the stove-animal

At the weekend I hosted our latest mayBe retreat at Old Walls in South Devon with Ali, Cara, Debs, Emma, Gail and John. Lots of practise of contemplative prayer - plus much laughter, creative stuff and walks. We arrived on a freezing Friday and kept feeding the stove-animal* all weekend [*thanks to Jane Kenyon 1947-1995 for that image from her poem 'two days alone']. One interesting strand that emerged was how tough it is for people who are naturally prone to constant activity to slow themselves. We think that attention to breathing can play a big part in this - and next retreat we are going to put in a session on breathing right at the start. The pic is Cara doing some creative stuff.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Blah! good

Our first Blah! in Oxford went well on Tuesday night - big thanks to those who came and contributed - a full house, very good stuff from Jonny Baker, interesting conversations during and afterwards, and lots of good contacts made by the people who came I think. Looking forward to organising the next one now. Jonny brought a series of pics that he had taken from the bridge between St Paul's cathedral on bank of the Thames, and Tate Modern on the other. A good image of where we find ourselves.

Monday, November 12, 2007

50 weekend

We had such a wonderful time this weekend gathering with friends over Friday night through to Sunday to mark my 50th birthday. Saturday began with breakfast in Quod, then a walk around Oxford followed by drinks at the Kings Arms, high tea at the Old Parsonage Hotel and back to ours for the evening. Sunday morning we had mayBe's Remember+Be+Peacemakers Eucharist on Portmeadow, then into another celebration with more friends at Manos cafe in Jericho. It was great to have friends from different places all together, and so good to have our James, Esther and Rachel back from university with us. What a brilliant way to begin being an old boy! The pic is enroute from pub to hotel.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Blah! in Oxford

Matt Rees from hOME and myself are organising a first Blah! in Oxford. We've asked Jonny Baker to come and faciliatate a conversation around 'what is emerging church?'. It's on Tuesday 20 November 8pm @the Phoenix cinema bar. The idea is that we create a place where people involved [and looking to get involved] in emerging stuff can exchange ideas, stories and inspiration. May more good things emerge...