[i know i said i wouldn’t be blogging, but we just got definite about this today…]
One of the big questions we’ve been working with this year is how to inspire thinking outside the box – to move from models of what we know in terms of faith communities and worship, into completely new headspaces. We have a growing number of people around here who want desperately for something new, but it’s hard to make a lateral jump into a whole new space when everything we’ve seen comes from the old.
One of things we think might help is to see some stuff that’s happening in other places – not to replicate it, but to stretch our thinking beyond our current reality. So the synod here has decided to invest a little into doing that. With that in mind, we’re heading off to the UK in August – me, John from St Kilda, and Mike from Healesville, along with Nic and a few others from NSW. We’ll be going to Greenbelt, and then spending a bit of time visiting some alt worship / emerging church communities over there.
There’s space for others who are interested to come along too. If you are, get in touch and i’ll let you know cost and details, etc.