Sunday, 13 June 2010
Stuck in the box?
The workshops were well attended, even after lunch, and the one that I hosted, 'Love Your Local School', was led by a new minister to the association, David Skinner from Houghton Regis. In Reading he was deeply involved in a number of creative projects, one among asylum seekers, and another, in schools. REinspired was the result. Picking up on the Baptist Union mission emphasis upon Crossing Places, he stressed that the school is a unique crossing place as a centre and focus of the community. Many of the people attending showed that they were already in engaged, but he explored a number of very creative ways of furthering this engagement.
The other high point was the address by David Kerrigan from BMS World Mission. The theme for the day was, 'Stuck in the box?' and he brought an imaginative and challenging reflection on the subject. David is a class act and he was on great form. He showed this TED video clip, 'How to start a movement'. It's three minutes long - go see!
Over lunch I talked with David about blogging. His blog, thinking mission, can be found here, it's well worth a look. My last blog was 3 April, so it's been a significant gap. We had a great conversation about the blogging community, and how surprisingly meaningful it can be, and about levels of energy and what causes them to rise and fall. I've thought about a post on a number of occasions, but it's felt hard to get back into it. I'll be interested to see what happens in the coming weeks. There have been loads of things that I could have blogged on, and it may be that I revisit some of these.