the aftermath

So we’re in Telford, slowly recovering energy after a full-on Greenbelt. Post-Greenbelt, ‘just wait til you hear what you missed’ posts can be horrible to read… and they feel indulgent to write. Which doesn’t seem to be stopping me…

I had a great Greenbelt. One of the best I’ve been to, i think. It was filled with the kind of unexpected moments that serve to knock me out of my jaded, comfy, cynical corner of the world.

As always, the very best thing was the people who inspire, provoke and make me feel like i’m at home in the work i’m doing and the place I am. I know I say that every year, but I’m so grateful for the chance to feel normal for a while! The absolute highlight in terms of the program was HFASS bluegrass liturgy, which was captivating and beautiful… it swept me away with its confidence and grace… and serving communion with Nadia felt like such a gift. And Nadia’s talk on Monday gave me my best Greenbelt line – a throwaway line in the middle of sentence: ‘the stranger always messes things up’…

Ikon was lovely on the Friday night. I rely on Ikon to push me into another place, and for the first ten minutes I was anxious that I’d done my dash with them, but then the punch came and I remembered again why i loved them so much.

Being on a panel with Cary Gibson, Heather Cracknell and Nadia Bolz Weber was really fun. i love those women.

And Foy Vance on the Monday night was simply extraordinary. One of the best hours of music I can remember…

And I wondered if we might have it in us to do worship again next year…

We spent Tuesday night in Cheltenham, where we remembered how fabulous it is not to sleep in tents… and yesterday we came to Telford to meet with Mark Berry and Safe Space. We have a great group of people travelling this year [like every year, of course!]. In fact I must go join them for drinks…

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  1. I still remember how great that first post-Greenbelt bath felt! Glad the trip is going well. I’m excited to be part of the Esther Project (www.estherproject.unitingchurch.org.au) that Sarah Agnew is co-ordinating – we are both drawing inspiration fron Greenbelt and the communities we visited as we plot and plan and dream what shape this new community might take. Hope this year’s participants also enjoy the connections they are making and are inspired to find ways to make new forms of church ’emerge’ back here in Oz on their return.

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