Monday, September 20, 2010

breathing slow in a world heritage centre

Today (Sunday UK) was a day off after a pretty hectic week. On Monday I was lecturing two classes in Adelaide, by Saturday I had spoken five different times between London and Durham. All the talks went well, with some really interesting interaction, which I personally found stimulating and thought provoking. Big thanks to all those who came.

I’ve enjoyed meeting some new folk, and re-meeting some old folk (including Jonny Baker, Pete Ward, Graham Cray, Olive and John Drane (here’s their forgotten blog). I’m still trying to gather my thoughts on the Evaluating Fresh Expressions conference, which I might post at a later date. Certainly some thought provoking papers, and to be honest, I came away with a few unsettling questions.

In the meantime, I’m wandering Durham, trying to pinch myself that I get to play tourist for just one day in what, I discovered when I arrived, is a World Heritage Centre! A highlight was joining Elvet North Road Methodist for gathered worship and to experience some alt.worship type stations, expertly linked to the rest of the service, offering movement and a variety of tactile ways to pray. Amazing to see the influences of alt.worship being played out in such Sunday by Sunday worship contexts.

Posted by steve at 01:28 AM


  1. Interesting to know if you ended up in Elvet in the evening….the church you were in during the morning was actually North Road Methodist church. The error is actually slightly funnier than you realise if it was an error and incredibly exciting if it wasn’t. Good meeting you though.

    Comment by Tractor Girl — September 20, 2010 @ 7:03 pm

  2. oops. sorry. it was morning church. yep, nice to meet you also and sense some of your story. sorry i didn’t stay for coffee. church was most encouraging,


    Comment by steve — September 21, 2010 @ 2:32 am

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