Speaking gigs

I’m busy musing, praying and scribbling at the moment as I have two weekend speaking gigs looming. The first is a weekend on the Isle of Wight, which is a male only gathering. The sessions for this are looking like:
The need for male spirituality ‘The Soul disconnect’
Reclaiming male spirituality ‘Jesus the Man’
Practicing Male Spirituality ‘Trackers of God’
Initiating Male Spirituality ‘Fathers in the Faith’

The following weekend I am speaking for the UK Gathering of FUSION YAC, somehwere in the Cotswolds. This is more of an all-age community gathering and I’m just waiting on my final brief, but it’s looking like something around their shared value of,
TOGETHER:
Giving all
Finding Life
Bringing Hope

I’m really chuffed to be working with Fusion YAC as they have done such great work with groups of churches in the Diocese, as well as across the UK and beyond.
I had to write a brief ‘speaker bio’ for the programme. This took ages as I found it really difficult to write something pithy, useful … and that couldn’t be read as having smug overtones (stuff always sounds more impressive in print that it actually is, e.g Christmas newsletters). Not sure I nailed it and wish I’d left it to them to see what they would have written *laughing*

Essaying

Am back up to London tomorrow for another sess’ at Kings in my bid to become an Ecclesiologist. We need to submit our essay titles tomorrow (eek) and I can either do one of these or come up with my own:
1. Can church be missional
2. Ecclesiology is necessarily conditioned by culture:discuss
3. Is a trinitarian theology fundamental for ecclesiology?
I am interested though in seeing if I can ask this question:
What have been the barriers to ordinary theology shaping local ecclesiology?
Thoughts anyone? (or a word that you challenge me to get into the essay!)

Dissertation showcase in Oxford

Dissertation showcase Thursday 28th November 2013 at Oxford CYM
A one day conference exploring a range of creative responses to God’s Call to mission and ministry with children and young people.
9.45am-4.00pm
£9.50 per person
Includes lunch and refreshments
Dissertation showcase Flyer.pdf

Cabin Pressure

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Really loving this radio situation comedy written by John Finnemore! It’s a great piece of writing around just four main characters …. and the single airplane they operate as ‘MJN air’
Comedic genius!
Within the stories the crew are often playing word games to pass the time, even these have a comic delight to them. For example, “Novels that sound more interesting with the last lettter removed:”
Three Men in a Boa
Of Mice and Me
Far from the madding crow

On yer bike

Embraced my status as a ‘MAMIL’* and headed out for a ride this morning, letting 21 miles of the Berkshire countryside roll beneath my wheels. My confidence in the new bike was amply rewarded, my confindence in the weather forecast, was not!
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Test flight confirms that the saddle is not as comfortable as it looks and will be swapped with the one on the skinny-tyred weapon. Also tried riding with pedal/toe-clip combo this morning so that I can ride in any shoes I want, but pedalling definitely not as efficient ,so the SPDs will be going on. Overall though, the bike rocks! … and has been christened** “Cool Runnings”
* Middle aged man in lycra
** Not literally before we get into a sacremental argument