Monday, September 13, 2010

UK September 2010 trip

Here’s my UK itinerary – it’s a nice mix of my interests – theology in contemporary culture, fresh expressions and missional leadership at a congregational level. (Graphic courtesy of a fiddle with this DIY “ancient comic” site 🙂 and with a nod to Brendan the Navigator)

WEDNESDAY: Spurgeons College, D.Min and M. Theol students, presenting some of my work around theology in contemporary culture.

Session 1: “A Pneumatology for an Everyday Theology?” An exploration of what it might mean to name the Spirit as active in the world, with specific reference to popular culture.

Session 2: “Reading “pop-wise”: An example of ‘reading’ popular culture, using animated TV cartoons.

Session 3: Preaching in a changing culture – lessons from U2?

FRIDAY: head to Durham to present on Evaluating Birth narratives:a missiological conversation with fresh expressions

Abstract: This paper will explore the “birthing narratives” of a number of United Kingdom fresh expressions, specifically five alternative worship communities. It will bring this into conversation with the notion of “fresh expressions of church” to explore whether the very term “fresh expressions of church” is in fact missiologically problematic. Resources for this exploration will include the “resurrection” ecclesiology suggested by Archbishop Rowan Williams in Mission-shaped Church, interpreted in light of the pictures of Christian witness embedded in the New Testament narratives.

SATURDAY: “Dry bones live! Mission and leadership in times of change”?’ a conversation at St Johns, Durham on mission and change

TUESDAY: catching the big plane back. At least it goes faster than the boat!

Posted by steve at 04:57 PM


  1. Enjoy Durham in September – it is simply beautiful. See if you can arrange an ‘out of hours’ guided tour of the Cathedral and drink in its history and spirituality.

    Comment by Simon — September 13, 2010 @ 6:24 pm

  2. “Dry bones live!” – I hope you don’t end up with a valley full of dinosaurs; especially not T-Rex and the Raptors!


    Comment by Roscoe Mishmack — September 14, 2010 @ 7:08 am

  3. thanks for your concern Ross/coe. You’ll be glad to know the session went very well and people seemed most encouraged and energised,

    Comment by steve — September 20, 2010 @ 1:44 am

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