Wednesday, April 01, 2009
going to the edge
Some big news from Gail and myself: we will be moving to the south-west of England this summer and do our work from our home in South Devon [we currently live in rented accommodation in Oxford].
The idea is for me to continue the Pace Bene! project from the south-west. Pace Bene! covers the various ways that I am trying to bring peace and good to the world, and enable others to do the same, inspired by the story and the stories of Jesus of the Gospels. It's a mix that includes writing, resourcing, mentoring, the 'morning bell' call to prayer and the StillPoint project. I am also currently working with CMS on their Small Missional Communities project, and am doing some work with Fresh Expressions and again I plan to continue to do both of those from the south-west.
Gail and I are very excited about being involved locally in the south-west, and we hope to get involved in various other projects there. Gail is going to focus full time on her life-coaching - gail adams:conversations for change - and on our joint workshops Change! and Flow! She sees this as a great opportunity for her to give herself full-time to her calling, and we are very excited by that.
The main thing that I will not be able to do is lead mayBe. I am working hard with the current guardians [the leadership team] of mayBe to ensure that the transition is good. We know that there will be lots of challenges for mayBe, but we also sense that this is a moment full of possibility. When you begin something like mayBe, as I did with Cara and Gail - it can become very closely identified with you. This is a great opportunity to see mayBe evolve without me, and to see it being shaped by the people in it and those yet to come. Clearly this has some tough aspects - we love mayBe and the people - but I think that some brilliant things will emerge in and around mayBe as a result of this.
We know there will be big challenges, but are really excited about the possibilities. I will blog the change process. The pic was taken on a beach near our house - I hope to do more of this! - and I imagine that going 'to the edge' may produce some really helpful stuff for us to share with people...