the 2009 UK trip

Yes, we are doing the trip again, both this year and next, in collaboration with the NSW Synod. This year’s trip will be in similar style to last year’s – participating in Greenbelt, then splitting into two groups, one visiting leaders to talk about how to create space for new communities; the other visiting new communities and hearing their context and story.

If everyone who has told me they want to come does then we’re full already… but I suspect that won’t happen – so please get in touch if you are interested in being part of this. As I said before, this won’t be the last year we do the trip. The provisional dates, ex-Australia, are August 25 to September 10. The cost is frightfully expensive, but we can suggest options for helping with that…

I’m planning to stay in the UK for a short time after the trip this year to do some research for the group I lead on next year’s trip, which will take a slightly different tack – looking more at post-christian spirituality, art and culture.

Why do we do the trip? Because it offers an insight into new forms of community and expression of faith that we just don’t have here … because Greenbelt’s unique, and everyone should get there at least once… because it gathers a diverse community of people together in a way that would be very difficult to do otherwise… because people come back overflowing with ideas, commitment, energy and a new way of looking at things in their own context…

[And of course, if you plan to be at Greenbelt and are looking for camping buddies, we’d love to have you come camp with us!]