the uk trip part 1 – anticipating greenbelt

So I’m in London – no jetlag to speak of, and the weather is perfect… The tour part of this trip starts on Wednesday, when Nicole and I meet up with half the Australian group to travel down to Cheltenham. The rest of the group will be joining us over the next few days, then we’ll be at Greenbelt from Friday, then make our way to Telford on Wednesday, then onto Liverpool and Brighton before coming back to Melbourne. It’s a big trip this year – lots of travel and new places.

I’m very much looking forward to Greenbelt. I’m sure my list of reasons mirrors many others: Royksopp, Duke Special, The Welcome Wagon, Nadia Bolz Weber, Ikon… I’m looking forward to stumbling across talks and music that i didn’t plan to get to, and finding amazing inspiration. i’m looking forward to seeing those people I rarely get to see, who add such wisdom and fun to my world…

I’m speaking on a couple of panels. The first is a panel on worship and curation, which will be on Saturday at 12 in the Winged Ox. Jonny Baker’s moderating the panel, which includes Steve Collins, Lily Lewin and me. The second is a panel on worship and leadership, moderated by Doug Gay. The panel members are Heather Cracknell, Nadia Bolz Weber, Cary Gibson and me [yes, all women…]. It’s on Sunday, 2pm in New Forms. I’m really looking forward to that…

A random thought for today that i don’t want to lose… Taryn and I walked down to the Twickenham Green this morning for breakfast. We were talking about Antony Gormley’s installation at Trafalgar Square… how hundreds of thousands of people must have walked past and seen it, but millions more have talked about it, clicked on the website… and in response, they’ve felt a bit of inspiration and imagination, and are maybe a little more creative, and proud to live in a city where such things are possible. They don’t need to go into the city to see it; just the knowledge that it’s happening somewhere is transformative – it makes us know ourselves and our world differently.

I love greenbelt. I love the idea of it, and the reality of it. Preparing for it makes me think about things that I wouldn’t think about otherwise. It gets my head into a very different space; one that probably wouldn’t be possible without it. I’m so grateful for the chance to be here again – and believe me, i can’t believe how lucky i am…

We’re travelling down south today to meet with Pete Pillinger and then with Brian Draper tomorrow, before coming back to head into the School of Life on Tuesday morning – and then the tour proper begins on wednesday… I’ll post again when there’s a moment…