Monday, May 31, 2010

friars, monks, nuns and emergers

The small missional communities conversation about religious community went really well - over 70 people from a wide variety of settings conversing together about the possibilities. Big thanks Jonny Baker for these pics. If you want to be involved in ongoing conversation get in touch.

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

see:change 'into stillness' workshop

Our first see:change workshop into stillness is open for booking!
• Discover the practice and benefits of being still.
• See how stillness can sustain us in uncertain times and help us to regain equilibrium.
• Learn how stillness enables us to be at one with ourselves
• Create patterns for stillness that work for you.

Friday, May 14, 2010

stillness at Glastonbury

This Saturday I'm involved in another event at Glastonbury - stillness in the ancient jesus tradition - with Pauline Warner from Soul Clinics and Simon Small. If you are in that part of the world it would be great to see you. It's at St Margaret's chapel throughout the day, with new events beginning on the hour.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

an emerging politics

I've been involved for a long time with what's often been called 'emerging church.' The new situation in UK politics feels like it might signal an exciting change towards partnership and consensus - an 'emerging politics'. I've just been reading some research my daughter Rachel has been doing into decline in traditional religious practice. One of her findings is that people have rejected religion that feels 'conforming, controlling, and adversarial'. Now doesn't that sound rather like much of the politics that we have been subjected to?

There's another interesting aspect to all this. The media is so entrenched in the whole adversarial approach, constantly pitching people, ideas and parties against each other, that it may struggle to cope with an 'emerging politics'. Very few commentators will have experience of working in cross-party partnership, and there will be a lot of scepticism around. It won't be easy. Time, I suggest for the peace-makers, the consensus-builders, the big-hearted and the open-handed to step forward...

Thursday, May 06, 2010

launch of see:change

Really pleased to let you know about the launch of the see:change project that Gail and I are doing together.

The launch is at the Old Bakery in Kingsbridge on Tuesday 18 May and will be a fun and informative evening outlining what we and see:change are all about.

If you'd like to come please let me know
Pax Ian