Sunday, August 31, 2008

Si Smith and the Hub

I really enjoyed the arty stuff that went on the in the Hub at Greenbelt, much of it in the care of Si Smith. Si is pictured here with the prints by 6 artists [including mayBe's Cara Heafey] who contributed to the art for all idea. Si's print is the circular one in the middle, Cara's is the one far right. The other pics are of the wildly popular self-portrait section in the Hub, and the story-telling care of Proost using Si's excellent '40'. Keep on Si!

Saturday, August 30, 2008

David Dark and the space of the talk-aboutable

5 years ago I read a book that really helped me to understand what the project I as working on - an idea for an emerging church community [which evolved into mayBe] - could become. The book was 'Everyday Apocalypse: The Sacred Revealed in Radiohead, the Simpsons, and Other Pop Culture Icons' and the author was David Dark. Since then, whenever the possibility of giving up has seemed attractive, this book has been one of the places of light that I have revisited to remember why I am doing what I am doing, and why it's worth keeping going. So it was wonderful to be able to meet David at Greenbelt. No surprise - he's a lovely man, as well as wise, insightful, and great company. In one of his talks he spoke about Greenbelt being a space of the talk-aboutable - a place where we can muse together about the possibility of life, without there needing to be a fixed destination. Gail took this pic.

Friday, August 29, 2008

heh that's one of my pics!

I was sat with Gail listening to Brian Mclaren on Friday at Greenbelt and suddenly realised that a guy in front of me had a magazine with a picture of mine on the front cover - the Church Times Greenbelt guide. It was a pic I took in the summer of my friend StevieB. Really good to see it being used, though it might have been nice to be asked or credited [or is that just me needing affirmation?!] Here's the magazine version and my original.

mayBe flash mob

On the Saturday evening at Greenbelt mayBe did a flash mob event: 'way of the sun 2.' The idea was to create a human rising sun and take pics from the grandstand. Of course it rained as we did it. It was fun, and it worked - see these pics from Dave Richards.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

with Feig in the cathedral

Great to be with feig in their home in Gloucester cathedral on Thursday night before Greenbelt. I took the pic as we went into the cathedral via the Pilgrim door. It was really good to catch up with lots of other people doing emerging church type stuff. Big thanks to Michael and the feig people for hosting this. A highlight was walking a labyrinth with music on the hang drum from Philip and Gill Roderick from Contemplative Fire. Really made me look forward to mayBe's first Eucharist in Oxford cathedral coming up in October - I'll be blogging about that closer to the time.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Greenbelt 08

Back from Greenbelt. Very good times - think I'll blog a piece a day for a few days because there's so much to work with. mayBe did a contemplative Eucharist on Saturday afternoon, based around a story written by some mayBe people from their own lived experience, intermingled with words of Jesus and wisdom from wiser-travelers-than-us. Seemed to go well. Feels a real privilege to share our life in some way with a wider community. Here's some pics by Dave Richards.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Really looking forward to Greenbelt Festival. This has always been an inspiring event for me and I'm sure it will be the same again this year. mayBe is doing 2 things, both called 'way of the sun:' a contemplative Eucharist 3pm Saturday in New Forms and a flash mob event on Saturday evening. This pic is one we will be using - taken by mayBe's Andrea it's of a figure on Holy Island of St Cuthbert. For us on Saturday it will symbolise the presence of Christ. Also looking forward to catching up with Nadia - she's staying with Matt and Pipp tonight then on to the festival with me via the event in Gloucester hosted by feig. See you over the weekend!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

a turning stones thing

This week I've taken some time out for writing. It's been a kind of turning stones experience. I found some interesting things flowing from the book of Lamentations, which I am using this week for morning bell. If what I am doing is helpful I hope that it will find its way to people in some way in the near future.

Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Feast of the Transfiguration

Today is the Feast of the Transfiguration. Jesus-the-man is revealed, brilliantly, as divine. The Orthodox churches have made much more of this event than the churches of the West. Their focus reminds us that the Transfiguration is really worth our attention. It suggests that there is something much more profound going on than may appear on the surface of our day to day existence...

Monday, August 04, 2008

wet Eucharist - then the Isis

Last night mayBe's Eucharist was in rather autumnal conditions on Iffley Meadows. The brave few were joined by a herd of enthusiastic bullocks. This is a fairly frequent occurrence for mayBe - wherever we do Eucharist animals seem to want to join in. All very St Francis for about 5 minutes, then we decided that slow retreat was the best policy. [Don't run - they run after you]. Followed by post-Eucharist refreshment in the former Isis tavern, now a licensed cafe, the Isis Farmhouse. The consensus was that the meadow and farmhouse would be a good regular venue for mayBe's stuff. I think we'll be back soon.