Wednesday, September 24, 2008

harvest resources

I've been doing some work with CMS over the summer, including work on material for use at Harvest Festival/thanksgiving services. The resources are linked to stories from CMS in Sudan. You can access the material on the CMS website.

Sunday, September 07, 2008

on the floor with Taize @Greenbelt

2 weeks ago tonight at the same time I am writing this post I was lying on the floor. I was at the back of the balcony of the big Centaur venue at Greenbelt during Taize worship. The lying on the floor thing began for me about 4 years ago when I discovered that I had no more words for prayer. It's a practise I have kept returning to ever since, a real reminder that prayer is a 'being with' thing. You might like to try it?

The Taize community - and the late Br Roger - have been a great help to me for, I guess, at least 15 years. I love their prayerfulness, hospitality and devotion, worked out in a monastic life fully engaged with the world around them. There's a beautiful mix of depth and simplicity in their approach to worship. Br Roger always said that the repetition in their singing of chants means that the song will continue in our lives after we stop singing. May this be so...

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Church of Scotland

Really enjoyed being with a group from the Church of Scotland earlier this week. The group was organised by David Currie who has responsibility for encouraging emerging/fresh expressions in the Church of Scotland. I met David a few years ago at an event when people in emerging type situations met with Tom Wright, Bishop of Durham. It was good to meet up again. Also to good to meet up again with John and Olive Drane, and to meet Jarred, John and Neil for the first time. It was good, in the week of St Aidan's day, to be able to thank them for all the good people and influences that the Scots have shared with us in the past. From a personal point of view they include St Aidan, who came from Iona to Lindisfarne, the Iona Community - a big influence on mayBe - and Glasgow's Late Late Service, whose inventive liturgies were an inspiration me in the mid 90s. Looking forward to seeing what really good things come in to being next in Scotland...

Wednesday, September 03, 2008

Brian McLaren

It was very good to meet Brian McLaren for the first time at Greenbelt - a lovely and inspiring man. I'd read and enjoyed a couple of his books - 'Generous Orthodoxy' and 'A New Kind of Christian' - a few years back. I was also able to ask him some questions regarding his perception of what's happening in the UK for a piece I'm writing for a new journal being put together by Fresh Expressions. The megaphone pic of Brian was at his first talk at Rise when the electrics failed. Brian's latest book is 'Everything Must Change: Jesus, Global Crisis, and a Revolution of Hope'. Looks very good - and a great title!

Tuesday, September 02, 2008


On the Monday morning at Greenbelt Gail and I went to a very good seminar on addiction by Clare Catford. Clare is a journalist and member of Moot. This is just my hunch from self-observance but I guess that most of us either have or could very easily have addictions of some kind. Clare spoke really openly about her stuff and you could sense that she was connecting into many people's experience. Clare has a book out called 'Addicted to love' which is getting rave reviews from readers on Amazon. It made me think that it might be good to do a cycle exploring addiction in mayBe - I'm going to make the suggestion and see where it goes. If so I'm hoping that we may be able to get Clare to come and be with us.

Monday, September 01, 2008

Nadia, House, and Salvation on the Small Screen?

The rolling blog about Greenbelt continues. The weekend began with a shared journey to the festival with Nadia Bolz-Weber. Great to catch up and hear how House for All Sinners and Saints is getting on. Nadia and Matthew visited us a couple of years ago and the conversation ever since has been a sustaining thing. I'm really looking forward to getting her book Salvation on the Small Screen from Amazon [available now on pre-order.] Nadia spent 24 hours watching religious TV with friends and the book was born. Should be good!