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Wednesday, March 18, 2009

New Anglimergent Group for Australia & New Zealand

I am pleased to say that a new Anglimergent network has begun in Australia and New Zealand coming out of the growing fresh expressions movement in Australia and my small contribution to developing this through my speaking tour.

So if you are down-under and interested in or part of an emerging or fresh expression of church, please do have a look at this new and evolving network within the context of the global Anglimergent network here.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Another Speaking Tour begins

Well I again start on another speaking tour, this time in Australia and New Zealand.  To keep reading follow the link....

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Updated Speaking Tour March 2009

AUSTRALIA Speaking 2009

MELBOURNE MARCH 2nd - 5th
Mon 2nd to Tues 3rd March
Consultation on Fresh Expressions & Parish Ministry,
Anglican Diocese of Melbourne


Monday 2nd March -
After dinner talk: The importance of the catholic Trinitarian & Sacramental Anglican tradition as a basis for mission engagement with spiritual tourism

Place: St James Anglican Church, Camberwell webinfo
Time: From 5.30pm (Starting with Evening Prayer)
For more info: Invite Only
Booking: Invite only, Ms Lyn Whaley, Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic. 3000 ph 03 9653 4220 email

Tues 3rd March - Developing Fresh Expressions of church of the sacramental traditions.
Place: St James Anglican Church, Camberwell
Time: 10am to 3pm
For more info: Invite Only
Booking: Invite only, Ms Lyn Whaley, Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic. 3000 ph 03 9653 4220 email
Books: Both my books will be available in return for a suggested donation to the Moot Community.

Weds 4th March - Noel Carter Memorial Lecture
Title: Being Church in a global culture of consumption and information technology
Place: Trinity College Theological School (Evan Burge Lecture Theatre)
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free, no booking required
More information: Please contact Lyn Whaley, Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne email 

Books available: Both my books will be available

Thurs 5th March - Diocesan Training Day
Title: Developing Emerging & Fresh Expressions within a Mixed Economy of Church
Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Place: St John’s Camberwell, venue website
Cost: $25 for the day
Booking: contact Lyn Whaley, Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic. 3000 ph 03 9653 4220 email
Books available: Both my books will be available again in return for donation to the work of the Moot Community

GOLD COAST MARCH 6th - 9th

Sat 7th March
Event: Regional Fourm, Tweed/Byron Anglicans
Title: Emerging & Fresh Expressions and being Authentically Anglican
Time: 9.30-3.15pm
Venue: St Martins Anglican Church Mullumbimby, Stuart St, 02 6684 3552, Byron Bay
Booking: free and open session for anyone to attend
Books: Both my books will be available

Sun 8th March
Title: Preaching & Presentation on Fresh Expressions in the rural context
Place: All Saints, Mul'bah NSW.
Website
Time: 9am to 2pm
Info: For more info please contact Colin Tett. Email.
Booking: Contact Tel: (02)6672 6070 Fax: (02) 6672 6070 Email.
Books available: Both books will be available

NEWCASTLE MARCH 9-11th March
Mon 9th March
Title Day with the Senior Staff of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, invite only

Place: tbc
Time: 9am to 5pm
Books available: Both my books will be available

Tues 10th March
Title: Training day for the Diocese - Developing Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church in a mixed economy of Church.

This is a training day for clergy and lay leaders in the Diocese, see flyer
Place: St John the Baptist Anglican Church hall, Morehead Street, Lambton
Cost: $10
Booking: Email or phone father david - 0400 686 514
Time: 9am to 5.30pm
Books: Both my books will be available at this event.

Tues 10th March
Title: The future of the emergent church in Newcastle and the Hunter

Place: The Gateway Hotel, Maitland Road, Islington (in Newcastle).
Booking: contact as below
Time: 7.30pm for dinner ($5 pub meals - excellent quality) then 8pm upstairs for discussion.
Books: Both my books will be available at this event.
Info: Contact Les Chatwin by Email or 0425 255 143

SYDNEY MARCH 12th
12th March - Day Conference
Title: (Re)Visioning Mission today, a conversation about Fresh Expressions from the edge and in the mainstream with Pete Pillinger & Ian Mobsby

Place: Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street. Parking available 24-28 Gordon Street
Time: Starting at 10am
For more info & booking click here to register on line Click here to see the flyer
Books available: Both my books will be available in exchange for a donation to the work of the Moot Community.

BLUE MOUNTAINS MARCH 13th & 14th

13th March
Title: Intentional Christian communities in mission (new Monasticism)

Place: 5 Queens Road, Lawson, Blue Mountains.
Time: 12.30-5pm, Dinner at 6pm, Compline at 7pm
Booking: Contact Wayne by email
Info: See Flyer

14th March
Title: Worship that connects for mission in a Post-Modern world

Place: 5 Queens Road, Lawson, Blue Mountains
Time: 9.30-3.30pm
Booking: Contact Wayne by email
Info: See Flyer

NEW ZEALAND Speaking 2009

AUCKLAND MARCH 20th - 25th

CITYSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH Sun 22nd March
Title: Trinitarian Mysticism - the call of the church.
Ian curates worship and speaks about this subject in the service.

Place: Cityside Baptist Church, 8A Mt Eden Road, Newton, Auckland web info
Time: 10.30am to 12midday
For more info: Contact Brenda the pastor there on (09) 377 3512 or send an email through here
Books available: Both my books will be available in return for a suggested donation to the work of the Moot Community

JOINT PONSONBY BAPTIST CHURCH & CITYSIDE EVENT Sun 22nd March
Title: Compline exploring New-Monasticism for the 21st Century
Place: Ponsonby Baptist Church, website
Time: 7pm to 10pm
For more info: Contact Jody Kilpatrick the pastor there on (09) 376 3621 ot send an email here
Books available: Both my books will be available in return for a suggested condation to the work of the Moot Commuity

CAREY BAPTIST COLLEGE
MON 23rd March
Title: Spiritual Leadership and Mission in the Global Village
Place: Carey Baptist College, website
Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm
For more info: contact Mike
Books available: Both books

TUES 24th March
Title: New models of leadership - Baptist Pastor's workshop with Ian Mobsby
Place: Carey Baptist College, website
Time: 9.30am to 1pm
For more info: contact Mike
Books available: Both books

TUES 24th March
Title: Lunch interview with Ian Mobsby
Place: Carey Baptist College, website
Time: 1pm to 1.45pm

WEDS 25th March
Title: A Christian Spirituality in an Age of Neo-Mysticism - Lecture
Place: Carey Baptist College, website
Time: 9.30am to 11am
For more info: contact Mike
Books available: Both books

CAMBRIDGE & HAMILTON MARCH 26th - 30th

THURS 26th MARCH
Title: Meeting up with the Stations of the Cross Team, Hamilton.
Place: Tbc
Time: To be confirmed
For more info: To be confirmed

FRI 27th MARCH
Title: The challenge of contemporary mission and ministry in the 21st century. How do you do church (worship, mission and community) in our now spiritual post-secular post-modern world?

Place: Te Ara Hau auditorium, 100 Morrinsville Road, Hamilton
Time: 10am-2.30pm
Cost: $35
For more info or booking: Email

FRI 27th MARCH
Title: Invited Prvate discussion on Emerging Church & the experience of Moot in London UK

Place: Pub in Cambridge
Time: Evening
For more info: Contact Paul Fromont

SAT 28th MARCH
Title: Spiritual Tourist – Spiritual Pilgrim… Engaging with post-secular spirituality

Place: Workshop at Lady Goodfellow chapel, University of Waikato, Gate 1 Knighton Road, Hamilton
Time: 1-4pm
Cost: $10
For more info or booking: Email

SUN 29th MARCH

Title: Preaching

Place: Chartwell co-operating church (St Albans), Comries Road, Hamilton.
Time: 9.30am
For more info: contact Anne on email

SUN 29th MARCH
Attend Ex-ile Service, Hamilton

Place: Uniiversity Chapel, Waikato University, Hamilton
Time: 8 pm
For more info: contact by email

TUES 31st MARCH
Conversation exploring missional context
Place: Anglican Diocesan Offices
Time: 1-4pm
For more info: contact Jemma by email

AUCKLAND 1st April

WEDS 1st APRIL
Preaching in Eucharist Service & Presentation on 'Forms of mission-centred church for a 21st Century culture of the spiritual searcher
Place: St John's College, Auckland
Time: 1-4pm
For more info: contact Jemma by email

PLANS FOR CHRISTCHURCH
As with five other elements of the original tour in Australia, I am sad to say that the credit crunch has made it unviable financially for me to complete planned activities in Christchurch. However, I am currently seeking the possibility of returning to honour this commitment in the next year or so, as I hate letting anyone down. My particular disapointment was not being able to complete the speaking engagements that Steve Taylor has been very kind in facilitating. As I said, I hope to be able to honour a return to this once global economics calms down.


 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Ian Mobsby Speaking Tour March 2009 of Australia & North Island New Zealand

AUSTRALIA Speaking 2009

MELBOURNE MARCH 2nd - 5th
Mon 2nd to Tues 3rd March
Consultation on Fresh Expressions & Parish Ministry, Anglican Diocese of Melbourne


Monday 2nd March -
After dinner talk: The importance of the catholic Trinitarian & Sacramental Anglican tradition as a basis for mission engagement with spiritual tourism

Place: St James Anglican Church, Camberwell webinfo
Time: From 5.30pm (Starting with Evening Prayer)
For more info: Invite Only
Booking: Invite only, Ms Lyn Whaley, Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic. 3000 ph 03 9653 4220 email

Tues 3rd March - Developing Fresh Expressions of church of the sacramental traditions.

Place: tbc
Time: 10am to 3pm
For more info: Invite Only
Booking: Invite only, Ms Lyn Whaley, Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic. 3000 ph 03 9653 4220 email
Books: Both my books will be available in return for a suggested donation to the Moot Community.

Weds 4th March - Noel Carter Memorial Lecture
Title: Being Church in a global culture of consumption and information technology
Place: Trinity College Theological School (Evan Burge Lecture Theatre)
Time: 7pm
Cost: Free, no booking required
More information: Please contact Lyn Whaley, Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne email
Books available: Both my books will be available

Thurs 5th March - Diocesan Training Day

Title: Developing Emerging & Fresh Expressions within a Mixed Economy of Church
Time: 10am to 3.15pm
Place: St John’s Camberwell, venue website
Cost: $25 for the day
Booking: contact Lyn Whaley, Anglican Centre, 209 Flinders Lane, Melbourne, Vic. 3000 ph 03 9653 4220 email
Books available: Both my books will be available again in return for donation to the work of the Moot Community

GOLD COAST MARCH 6th - 9th
Sat 7th March
Event: Regional Fourm, Tweed/Byron Anglicans
Title: Emerging & Fresh Expressions and being Authentically Anglican
Time: tbc
Venue: St Martins Anglican Church Mullumbimby, Stuart St, 02 6684 3552, Byron Bay
Booking: free and open session for anyone to attend
Books: Both my books will be available

Sun 8th March
Title: Preaching & Presentation of Fresh Expressions in the rural setting
Place: All Saints, Mul'bah NSW.
Website
Time: 9am to 2pm
Info: For more info please contact Colin Tett. Email.
Booking: Contact Tel: (02)6672 6070 Fax: (02) 6672 6070 Email.
Books available: Both books will be available

NEWCASTLE MARCH 9-11th March
Mon 9th March
Title Day with the Senior Staff of the Anglican Diocese of Newcastle, invite only

Place: tbc
Time: 9am to 5pm
For more info: To be confirmed.
Books available: N/A

Tues 10th March
Title: Training day for the Diocese - Developing Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church in a mixed economy of Church.

This is a training day for clergy and lay leaders in the Diocese
Place: tbc
Booking: tbc
Time: 9am to 5.30pm
Books: Both my books will be available at this event.

Tues 10th March
Title: The future of the emergent church in Newcastle and the Hunter

Place: The Gateway Hotel, Maitland Road, Islington (in Newcastle).
Time:7.30pm for dinner ($5 pub meals - excellent quality) then 8pm upstairs for discussion.
Books: Both my books will be available at this event.
Info: Contact Les Chatwin by Email or 0425 255 143

SYDNEY MARCH 12th
12th March - Day Conference
Title: (Re)Visioning Mission today, a conversation about Fresh Expressions from the edge and in the mainstream with Pete Pillinger & Ian Mobsby

Place: Paddington Uniting Church, 395 Oxford Street. Parking available 24-28 Gordon Street
Time: Starting at 10am
For more info & booking click here to register on line Click here to see the flyer
Books available: Both my books will be available in exchange for a donation to the work of the Moot Community.

BLUE MOUNTAINS MARCH 13th & 14th

13th March

Title:

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Booking:
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14th March

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NEW ZEALAND Speaking 2009

AUCKLAND MARCH 20th - 25th

CITYSIDE BAPTIST CHURCH Sun 22nd March

Title: Trinitarian Mysticism - the call of the church.

Ian curates worship and speaks about this subject in the service.Place: Cityside Baptist Church, 8A Mt Eden Road, Newton, Auckland web info

Time: 10.30am to 12midday

For more info: Contact Brenda the pastor there on (09) 377 3512 or send an email through here

Books available: Both my books will be available in return for a suggested donation to the work of the Moot Community

JOINT PONSONBY BAPTIST CHURCH & CITYSIDE EVENT Sun 22nd March

Title: tbc

Place: tbc

Time: 7pm to 10pm

For more info: tbc

Books available: tbc


CAREY BAPTIST COLLEGE

MON 23rd March

Title: Spiritual Leadership and Mission in the Global Village

Place: Carey Baptist College, website

Time: 6.30pm to 9.30pm

For more info: tbc

Books available: tbc



TUES 24th March

Title: New models of leadership - Baptist Pastor's workshop with Ian Mobsby

Place: Carey Baptist College, website

Time: 9.30am to 1pm

For more info: tbc

Books available: tbc



TUES 24th March

Title: Lunch interview with Ian Mobsby

Place: Carey Baptist College, website

Time: 1pm to 1.45pm

For more info: tbc

Books available: tbc


WEDS 25th March

Title: A Christian Spirituality in an Age of Neo-Mysticism - Lecture

Place: Carey Baptist College, website

Time: 9.30am to 11am

For more info: tbc

Books available: tbc


CAMBRIDGE & HAMILTON MARCH 26th - 30th



THURS 26th MARCH

Title: Meeting up with the Stations of the Cross Team, Hamilton.

Place: Tbc

Time: To be confirmed

For more info: To be confirmed


FRI 27th MARCH

Title: The challenge of contemporary mission and ministry in the 21st century. How do you do church (worship, mission and community) in our now spiritual post-secular post-modern world?


Place: Te Ara Hau auditorium, Waikato University, 100 Morrinsville Road, Hamilton
Time: 10am-2.30pm
Cost: $35
For more info or booking: Email


FRI 27th MARCH

Title: Invited Prvate discussion on Emerging Church & the experience of Moot in London UK

Place: Pub in Cambridge
Time: Evening
For more info: Contact Paul Fromont


SAT 28th MARCH

Title: Spiritual Tourist – Spiritual Pilgrim… Engaging with post-secular spirituality

Place: Workshop at Lady Goodfellow chapel, University of Waikato, Gate 1 Knighton Road, Hamilton
Time: 1-4pm
Cost: $10
For more info or booking: Email


SUN 29th MARCH

Title: Preaching

Place: Chartwell co-operating church, Hamilton.
Time: 8 or 9am
For more info: ?


SUN 29th MARCH

Attend Ex-ile Service, Hamilton

Place: Chartwell co-operating church, Hamilton.
Time: 8 pm

PLANS FOR CHRISTCHURCHAs with five other elements of the original tour in Australia, I am sad to say that the credit crunch has made it unviable financially for me to complete planned activities in Christchurch. However, I am currently seeking the possibility of returning to honour this commitment in the next year or so, as I hate letting anyone down. My particular disapointment was not being able to complete the speaking engagements that Steve Taylor has been very kind in facilitating. As I said, I hope to be able to honour a return to this once global economics calms down.


 

Friday, December 5, 2008

Ian Mobsby Speaking tour to Australia & New Zealand March 09

I am pleased to announce that I will be completing a speaking tour of Australia and New Zealand in March 2009. This looks at the moment as being:

- Melbourne
- Gold Coast
- Newcastle
- Sydney
- Auckland
- Cambridge & Hamilton
- Christchurch

Details are still being confirmed, for more details click here

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Greenbelt Festival 2008

GREENBELT ARTS FESTIVAL 22nd-25th AUGUST
I will be contributing a seminar, and helping the Moot Community do two alternative worship services

What kind of Church is Emerging? Panel discussion from Emerging Church practitioners
Place: Shine Stage
Time: Fri 22nd Aug 7.15pm

Exploring the implications of the Capadocian Mothers & Fathers
Place: Evening Seminar Programme, Children's Festival Stage
Time: Sat 23rd Aug 6.15pm

Moot Service: Perpetual Dawn?
Dawn follows night follows dawn. In this contemplative and visceral service, Moot explores the (im)possibility of the second chance, the fresh start, with the Christian God.
Place: New Forms Venue
Time: Sat 23rd Aug 9pm

Moot Service: Trinity Twister
This active, family-friendly Communion service will be an opportunity to re-imagine our relationship to God and others in the light of the love and intimacy modelled within the Trinity.
Place: New Forms Venue
Time: Sun 24th Aug 10am

Friday, July 25, 2008

New Blog & Info Site

Blogging and keeping info uptodate has proved impossible through blogger, so please see my new blog and info site here

http://www.ianmobsby.net


Please help me by resetting your rss, blog reader, and links to this new site.

Cheers
Ian Mobsby

Friday, July 18, 2008

Shameless Self Promotion

Now that I have completed by last book tour, and because we in Moot are planning an interim period before being able to start on a church plant we hope to organise before too long, I have taken it upon myself to launch a new site of my work, because I will need to fund raise 89% of my pay from Sept 2008.

So Yes it does look like shameless self-promotion, but I and Moot are in a very real financial squeeze, so promoting what I do is going to be important to be able to keep going. So thank's to Gary for developing this site, so please do check it out www.ianmobsby.net This site will supercede my old blog site hyper:reality, as my new blog is integrated into it.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Podcast interview on the becoming of g-d



Last week, Aaron Kennedy of the Moot Community interviewed me about the book the becoming of g-d for the Moot Community podcast site as part of a new series of interviews with those that surf the interfaces between spirituality, politics, religion and contemporary culture. To listen to how I got on click here

Monday, June 30, 2008

End of the Becoming of G-d Tour June-08

Now that the tour is coming to an end, finishing in Seattle tomorrow with the Diocese of Washington, I am now beginning to reflect on what I have been learning. Friends will be amused to know, that the dialogue coming out of this tour have helped me frame a proposal for a new book, drawing on the whole area of mission to our culture of new mysticism and the emergence of a form of lay new-monasticism. I have submitted a proposal to a US based publisher, so we will see what they say.

I have learnt a great deal this tour, and it has been interesting to explore the findings of the becoming of G-d book alongside Barry Taylor's book Entertainment Theology. I will start to blog about some of the things that have begun to emerge out of this synthesis once I have returned and collapsed for a bit. It is certainly the last time I do this completely on my own....

Thanks to all for supporting this tour. Books are still available through US & CANADIAN Bookstores, please see link on the top left of this blog.


So what is coming up next?

Aug-08 - Speaking at Greenbelt Festival. Details to follow soon.
Oct-08 - Speaking in Oxford on the Becoming of G-d. Details to follow
Nov-08 - Speaking in the US, CANADA, NEW ZEALAND & AUSTRALIA. Details to follow

Thursday, May 15, 2008

Updated | Ian Mobsby Book Tour 2008 | USA & Canada

Pleased to say that this is finally coming together. Details will be updated as soon as information is finalised. For details on the book, which is the basis of this new new tour click here
New York
2nd June | Book Launch & Emerging Church NYC Gathering | 4.30pm to 7pm


This event will include a short address about the book in an interview format, with books available for purchase. The evening will include a new CD by Isaac Everett promoting the work of his band.
Place: The Episcopal Book Store, 815 Second Avenue, New York, NY 10017
Time: 4.30pm to 7pm
Booking: no booking required

Greenwich, New York State
3rd June | The place of Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church | Trinity Church | tbc

An evening address to the leadership of Trinity Church, Greenwich
Place: Trinity Church, 15 Sherwood Place, Greenwich CT 06830
Time: To be confirm
Booking: Not required, see website here

Greenwich, New York State
4th June | Private retreat with the staff of Trinity Church

Private retreat exploring the implications of a Trinitarian ecclesiology on mission and community

4th June | Evening Discussion with Transmission | Venue to be confirmed, New York City

details to be confirmed

Montreal, Canada
5th June, | evening meeting with leaders of emerging churches here over a beer at "Les 3 Brasseurs"

This event will be an informal gathering of those interested in meeting up over some beers.
Place: Les 3 Brasseurs
Time: To be confirmed
Details: Please contact Nick Brotherwood email here, for more details see the website here

6th June , 10am-3pm | The Becoming of God - Lessons from the Emerging Church | Atelier Loblaws


This event is being organised through the Canadian Anglican Church Diocese of Montreal for clergy to explore the concept of Emerging and Fresh Expressions of Church as experienced through the Church of England.
Place: Atelier Loblaws Cavendish, 6600 St. Jacques West, Montreal
Time: 10am-3pm
Booking: Apply as specificed in downloadable flyer click here
Information: Email Here

7th June | Emerging Church Event | walk & picnic with emerging church leaders

Place: meet Metro Place d'Armes, St. Urbain Street exit, for a 'historic walk' in Old Montreal followed by informal picnic lunch with members of Montreal emerging churches
Time: 11am
Booking: Contact Nick Brotherwood by email here or see website here

7th June | Emerging Church Event | What do have to learn from the Cappodocian Fathers?

Evening presentation & discussion exploring the implications of the Cappodocians on being a missionary community in the twenty first century
Place: Canadian Centre for Ecumenism, 1819 René Lévesque west, corner of St. Mathieu
Timing: 7pm to 9pm
Booking: Contact Nick Brotherwood by email here or see website here

Jamestown, New York State, USA
Sun 8th June | The Emerging Church & Trinitarianism in an Age of New Mysticism| Jamestown

To see a flyer for the event, please click here
Place:
YWCA Lake Lodge - 187 E. Terrace Ave Lakewood NY 14750
Time: 6.30 for 7pm
More info: Contact Tara here or 716-969-3950

Mon 9th June | Breakfast and discussion with Ian Mobsby on the place of the Emerging Church in a postmodern culture | Jamestown

To see a flyer for the event, please click here
Place: YWCA Lake Lodge 0 187 E. Terrace Ave Lakewood NY 14750
Time: 9/10am
More Info: please contact Tara by email here or 716-969-3950

Chicago, USA
11th June | Contemplating the implications of the Trinity from an Emerging Church Perspective | St Barnabas Church

Place: St Barnabas Episcopal Church, 22W415 Butterfield Rd, Glen Ellyn, IL 60137
Time: 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Booking & Info: Matt Gunton, 630-469-1394
Cost: Free

12th June | Emerging & Anglican in an Age of Mysticism | St James Episcopal Cathedral Sanctuary | 10am to 2pm

Workshop facilitated by Ian Mobsby and Isaac Everett for all to learn about the emerging church
Place: St James Episcopal Cathedral Sanctuary
Time: 10am to 2pm to include lunch
Cost: $15 inclusive of lunch
Booking: to book places or for more info email here

12th June | Alternative Worship Service entitled "Divine Trinitarian Encounters" | St James Episcopal Cathedral Sanctuary | 5.30pm refreshments 6-7pm event

An Evening of Alternative worship reflecting a multisensory approach to worship
Place: St James Episcopal Cathedral Sanctuary
Time: Refreshments 5.30pm, 6-7pm
Booking: to book places or for more info email here

Denver Colorado

14th June | Exploring New Monasticism in the context of the Emerging Church

Place: St. Paul Lutheran Church in downtown Denver 1600 Grant St, Denver, CO 80203
Time: 2pm-4pm
Booking: book places by contacting Nadia Bolz-Weber, sarcasticlutheran@gmail.com, 720.301.9409
Cost: Donation to the event is an expected. For more information on the host community see website here

15th June | St Johns Episcopal Cathedral | Preaching in 10am Eucharist

Place: St Johns Episcopal Cathedral
Time: 10am
Booking: Not required

15th June | The Becoming of G-d & Emergence | St Johns Episcopal Cathedral | 4.30pm

This will be a forum to explore the theology in my latest book and it application to Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church.
Place: St Johns Episcopal Cathedral
Time: 4.30pm
Booking: Tbc

15th June | St Johns Episcopal Cathedral | Wilderness Service | 6pm

This is an alternative Eucharist run in the evening, see the website here. I will speaking in this service.
Place: The Wilderness Service, St Johns Cathedral
Time: 6pm
Booking: Not required

San Francisco
21st June |Developing Fresh & Experimental forms of church and mission for the 21st Century, Episcopal Diocese of California | All Day


This training follows on the work I did last year with the Diocese, to see information flyer, click here
Place: Grace Cathedral basement

Time: 9.30am to 3.15pm
Booking: register by email here

22nd June | Grace Episcopal Cathedral | Preaching | Sunday at 6pm Service

Grace Cathedral have graciously offered me the opportunity to speak in their usual 6pm service
Place: Grace Cathedral

Time: 6pm
Booking: NA

23rd June | New-Monasticism as a new/old way of being Christian in a postmodern culture, Episcopal Diocese of California | Afternoon

This training follows on the work I did last year with the Diocese, to see information flyer, click here
Place: Grace Cathedral basement
Time: 1pm-4.30pm
Booking: reserve places by email by clicking here

23rd June | The Place of the Arts in new forms of church and mission, Episcopal Diocese of California | Evening

This training follows on the work I did last year with the Diocese, to see information flyer, click here
Place: Grace Cathedral Basement
Time: 6-9.15pm
Booking: reserve places by email by clicking here

Vancouver, Canada
28th June | Presentation | Being an Emergent & Missional Community in the twenty first century. Inspiration from Trinitarian theology | 9am to 4pm

The day will explore the place of the emerging church as a form of missional community drawing on a Trinitarian ecclesiology. The day will explore how such an ecclesiology will enable contextual mission with a vision of unity in diversity, a foundational belief of Anglicanism.
Place: St Martin’s North Vancouver, 195 East Windsor Road, North Vancouver, BC, V7N 1V2
Time: 9.00am coffee, 9.30 start – 12.30 lunch – 1.00-3.30, closing prayer and away by 4
Booking: St Martin’s Church, (604) 985-5919 email here
Cost: $20
Details: See website for venue and map here

Seattle
1st July | Clergy training day for the Diocese of Olympia | 10am-3pm | Apostles Church, Fremont


Topic: Anglimergence -why Anglicanism (when freed from traditionalism) is so well suited to speak to the spiritual hungers of postmodern seekers.
Place: Apostles Church, Fremont

Time: 10am to 3pm.
Booking: Contact Karen Ward here by email

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

The Becoming of G-d: What the Trinitarian nature of God has to do with Church and a deep Spirituality for the Twenty First Century

I am pleased to say, that at last, the book is available for purchase at £10 through YTC Press. This, my second book, seeks to explore the theology behind groups like Moot, Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church. It looks at the whole issue of knowing G-d through experience, and that the concept of the Trinity, formulated through the Cappadocian Mothers & Fathers, is a best guess understanding of the nature of God, which though partially revealed in Christ, remains mystically out of reach. However, the Western church, through the differences of latin and greek texts, never fully understood the concept of the Trinity, which has distorted its theology and practice.

I explore the importance of this understanding of God in the context of our postmodern culture driven under the logic of consumption and information technology, which drives a new form of cultural mysticism. In this brave new world, the importance of church reflecting the Trinitarian nature of God as 'mystical communion or community' becomes an imperative. Finally, I explore the difficult challenge of building community in a culture which is loosing its interpersonal skills to the cult of the individual.

So it should be a good read!!

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Saturday, May 10, 2008

Fresh Expressions of Church as Post Modern Friars

Last week, I spoke at a New Monasticism conference organised by the Anabaptist network and the Northumbria Community. I was invited to dialogue with the Provincial Brother, who heads up the Anglican Franciscan Order in England. It was a real privilege. This week, I was invited to speak at the Rochester Diocese Gathering about how Rhythms of life contribute to reimagining Church as spiritual community. Both events have got me thinking...

Much of the Fresh Expressions movement I identify with, comes from the more radical Emerging Church end, out of the Alternative worship end. However, I have been repeatedly struck, that much of what I see and hear about the more innovative Fresh Expressions, is that they resonate a lot with the premodern Friars.

Friars, literally means 'brothers' coming out of the French, to emphasis a calling to serve a particular community. They were send out in groups to serve, and build new forms of indigenous church through loving care, hospitality, teaching and worship. Historically there were 4 great movements of these Friars. The Black Friars, the Dominicans, were Friar preachers who were into dialogue, evangelism and hospitality. The White Friars, the Carmelites, promoted forms of contemplative spirituality and hospitality. The Grey Friars - the Franciscans, offered radical love and pastoral care, emphasising social and ecological justice, and finally the Austin Friars, the Augustinians, who encouraged spiritual journeying and pilgrimage.

Now these great premodern Friars were engaging in a pre-word culture based on mysticism, who enabled the faith to grow by how they lived, by orthopraxis. People were encouraged to go deeper into the faith, by adopting or taking on a rhythm of life or rule, not to dissimilar to the commitment some make to being a Christian as an adult. People were encouraged to go deeper in their faith, through a pattern of spirituality, in how they lived.

Now many of the new Fresh Expression initiatives at the radical end of Fresh Expressions, again turn to use a rhythm of life in a post word culture, which again is being driven by the logic of new forms of mysticism driven by consumerism and information technology. These postmodern friars seek to love and evangelise through radical hospitality and through dialogue, and through orthopraxis.

When you think about it - the Anglican Ordinal which is used when thinking about Fresh Expressions of Church - states - to proclaim afresh the gospel for every generation. Well this is very apostolic, and relates to the vision of a number of Friar rhythms of life. Further, the Bishops new mission orders - sound very like Friars being sent out as communities made up of ordained and lay people. It is for me too much of a coincidence.

Emerging and Fresh Expressions of Church came about because of a new mission imperative as culture changes from modernity to postmodernity. Social change 0f this form is not new for the church. In fact, you can look at the Benedictines and Franciscans and see that they were radical new fresh expressions of church in their time, but where they maintained obedience and accountability to the wider church. In the same way, Emerging & Fresh Expressions Postmodern Friars or New-Monastic movements are seeking to be radical but accountable to to the church.

These are exciting times, ones with an Ancient:Future perspective.


Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Trinitarianism as the basis to Ancient Future Emergent Questing

If there is anything the church needs right now, are those who are questing or seeking to reconstruct church and the faith in our postmodern consumerist and technological culture.

I am convinced that there are a number of themes that are crucial if we are going to be successful in this quest of the emerging/ent church.

If we start with the Trinity as our model of Church, then we are open to a communitarian understanding of what is required of church in that it is loving, empowering, participative, sharing in power, committed to prayer, justice and radical hospitality. This will create Christians who are life affirming, able to cope with complexity and be loving.

A Viable & Accessible spirituality
As I have already written about extensively. We need to be living out a spirituality that works - that does really inspire us and resource us. We live in an Age of New Mysticism or of the new spiritual tourist. Our aim of helping spiritual tourists to become pilgrims must draw on the ancient practices of the church reframed into our current context. We can then explore and quest with using these resources thr0ugh podcasting, internet activities or through ipods and a host of other creative ways to encourage forms of worship that work. Our communities need to be modelling a weekly rhythm of spirituality that is viable.

Communities of the sustaining love of God
Our communities need to be what it says on the tin. They need to be functional adaptive places of the giving and sharing of love. If our communities do not have integrity - then it will call into question whether the spirituality we propose to be living are real. These communities will also need to be enabling, as so many people do not have the skills now to do community. So they need to be loving almost therapeutic communities.

Promote the creative
I think spirituality and creativity are closely related. Questing is part of discipleship, so we need to enable people to join in this positive quest. For some it may take a while to deconstruct forms of discipleship that were of a more unsustaining and negative position. This is the place for some of the dechurched. Through creativity, God the Sustainer and Companion can draw people into renewed and reimagined faith, free from the things that hold us back. So the use of alternative worship in services is important, for people to have the space to be through their senses, feeling and thinking as a form of worship. This is is after all, learning about God through experience rather than facts.

Holistic view to life with a commitment to justice
All forms of church need to be joined up in their thinking. There needs to be a commitment to discipleship as human becoming. The physical, social, psychological and emotional are all linked. Similarly there is the need to see the connection between us and the cosmos. That God is committed to social, economic and ecological justice. So it is for us. So we need to do away with dualism - the public private split, the sacred and secular, ordained and lay. We need to see all of life as precious, as God sustains all life on the planet.

A positive narrative concerning God and ourselves
Too much talk about the Christian God is shaming. Often Christians do not appear as the people of love, but the people of judgement and guilt making. This is so opposite to the way of Christ. So when we talk about the love of God, and our need of God, let's start with God's love before talking about sin and brokenness. Let us be living as people of the loving God before we point out the faults in all. Let us seek to affirm all that is good in life and seek to encourage people to see themselves as loved by God, so loved, that God died for them, before we talk about God as King and Judge! In this way - people can be invited to encounter the real God rather than the human projected myth. With this narrative of us being human becomings, of us growing into the love of God, and our need for this God. Then I think we speak of God in ways that allows the Holy Spirit to do things beyond our imagination. Then we see Christian communities as profound places of human becoming, of God leading us together transfigured into the best we can be.

Humility to see that our way is only one way amongst others
If the emerging church can live humbly, affirming all Christians to keep going in their faith, working with all, not excluding anyone, but seeking to go deeper with God, then it will be truly 'both and'. It will be mature, it will have the discipline to discern the things of God. We are not the future of the church. We are not the new reformed better way. We are a bunch of people who are seeking and passionate about contextual mission and church, but we are small, have much to learn, and continue to make mistakes. We are no better or worse than anyone doing things in the name of Christ.


If we can put these things in place, then I think we can see what the power of God can do in contextual mission....

Monday, March 24, 2008

The need for Emergent and some of the Emerging Church to deconstruct its ecclesiology

Many of the churches and groups involved in the Emergent & Emerging Church movement in the UK & US came out of radical evangelicalism. Evangelicalism - and in particular the more reformed, were birthed in modernity. Recently, Emergent churches and projects have changed their practice socially, due to the influences of postmodernity, information technology and consumerism. They have socially changed to respond to the sociological norms of culture.

The problem is, that many of these churches have changed sociologically - but not theologically or ecclesiologically. Many hold to the view that the real church began at the point of the reformation, and that reformation values still have a core place in the postmodern church. Those at the more radical end, still hold a view that they need to finish off the reformation, and were never happy with the Anglican settlement which held a more 'both and' perspective of catholic and protestant together. No - the more radically Emergent continue with this idea that the Emergent churches are the next stage of the reformed church - more pure than those that have gone before. A lot of the language coming out of the Emergent movement in the US seems wrapped in this language and perception of reformation.

Many of us in the Emerging Church feel uncomfortable with this position. We need a more both and postmodern perspective. We need an approach that is more affirming, more humble and less arrogant, something more communal, more about celebrating diversity. We have deconstructed our theology and ecclesiology - listening to the lessons of postmodern theology and ecclesiology. Some of the Emergent language of reformation needs to be deconstructed for our new context. If change remains only sociological - then we are only window dressing. What we need is a reappropriation or reconfiguration of missiology and ecclesiology to understand how we the church need to approach worship, mission and community in our new social context.

We don't need more disunity - more churches that define themselves as ' not like them'. We need a church that seeks to live out God's love to the world. One that brings renewal, revitalisation. Yes we need change, but with an ancient:future perspective. Our cities are littered with empty churches. These create new opportunities for doing new things drawing on the old. What we need is more churches focused on real mission to the unchurched and dechurched. Churches focused on love, and seeking apostolically to build new churches in a culture which is increasingly post-Christian. Without more deconstructed postmodern approaches to Ecclesiology and Theology, then Emergent will not be sustainable in our new brave world. It will then only be a short term fad!

I hope that is not so!

Friday, February 29, 2008

The Becoming of G-d: What the Trinitarian nature of God has to do with Church and a deep Spirituality for the Twenty First Century

Sorry that I have somewhat neglecting this blog this month. This is because I have been working like a dog on my next book - the Becoming of G-d. In this book I have taken the concepts of my first book on the practice of emerging and fresh expressions of Church, and explored them in more detail and in wider application. I explore how a deeper understanding of the Trinity birthed through the early Cappadocian Church writers helps us reimagine the nature of God through a more apophatic reading. Further, I explore how the Church is called to reflect this nature of God in its form and function. In this way the Western Church is freed from its limited understanding of the Trinity, (the unfortunate achilles heel of St Augustine's interpretation) releasing the Church to be more pioneering, fresh and engaging through a better understanding of the Trinity, and in particular, the person of the Holy Spirit.

As G-d becomes as a continuing event through human history this God reframes who we are and what Church is called to be. We are all on a journey of 'individual human-becoming' and the Church as a 'transformative event of God's love and action'. In this way we have rediscovered an ancient:future expression of the Christian faith and church in an Age of New Mysticism.

The book also includes images, poems, stories and reflections by contributors from the Emerging Church in the UK, Ireland and the USA. The book is to be published by YTC Press in Cambridge, and all proceeds go towards the work of Moot. I will be promoting the book on a tour of the US and Canada in June that looks to be including:

- New York
- Buffalo
- Denver
- Chicago
- San Francisco
- Seattle
- Vancouver

The book will be available for order soon in the US & UK through YTC Press.

Monday, February 18, 2008

Ian Mobsby Speaking Tour June 2008 in the USA & Canada

I am looking for speaking engagements for June 2008. If you are interested, then please let me know.... Click image to be able to read it...


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Emerging & Fresh Expressions of Church & Art-as-mission

Much has been written concerning the return and power of the image and film in postmodernity. We are now very much a visual culture, which creates real opportunities for engagement through a metaphorical approach. It is in this ancient:refreshed approach, that the Emerging Church seeks to enable spiritual encounter through the imagination. This is nothing new. The prophets used the arts and music to enable people to imagine another way of being through an artistic approach. It is in this playful way that the Emerging Church mixes up the secular and spiritual - through arts events on a theme of the spiritual.

Moot's "Beyond the Wilderness - a Lenten Journey" is an expression of this. Michael L Radcliffe and Tim Dendy lead a number of contemporary artists who are involved in the emerging church, to create an art exhibition as a form of spiritual journey. Moot have taken over a swanky new gallery in Victoria called "the SW1 Gallery" as an arts-as-mission event. This approach uses an apophatic approach to mission, an open-ended pursuit that does not seek to fill people with facts, but rather enable people to encounter God through spiritual experience. This has an obvious pneumatological approach - creating an environment for encounter trusting that people will encounter God, as we attempt to catch up with what God is already doing. Given the Trinitarian/communal approach of Anglican Emerging Church Groups, this approach to contextual mission is common to those who are Anglimergent.

To experience this click on the film:


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Saturday, February 9, 2008

How are emergent church viewed in the Anglican Community?

In this challenging times for Archbishop Rowan, I wanted to post this clip of his interview about Emerging/Fresh Expressions

Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Boston - New Monasticism Denver - New Alt Worship Community

I was forwarded this link from a friend, if you are interested in New Monasticism, check this out here

In the tour I did last year, I was pleased to work with members of Denver's Episcopal Cathedral, who were exploring a new alt worship inspired service and congregation, to include a discussion group I think at a local bar. Well I am really pleased they have got it together, and are hosting the 'Wilderness' alt eucharist service in the Cathedral. For more info click here


Boston New Monasticism

I was forwarded this link from a friend, if you are interested in New Monasticism, check this out here

Monday, January 14, 2008

Podcast - Deep Spirituality in the Trinity

Moot launched its new Podcast site yesterday, kicking off with a homily from me concerning a Deep Spirituality for the twenty first century, found in the Triune God.

Click here to go to the new site.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Resources by Practitioners for Practitioners



There are now loads of resources out there in the name of Fresh Expressions, Alt Worship and the Emerging or Emergent Church or Conversation. Many of the big publishers are now buying in to this emerging market, so I just wanted to take a moment to flag a few practitioner led resources. The first is Proost run by Jon Birch & Jonny Baker, and the second is the Mootique, created by the Moot community in London UK, and the third is the COTA Store in Seattle USA. Click on their logos to follow the links.

These sell a mixture of mp3 talks, CDs, movies and books of original worship resources, arts you name it, so check it out. By buying through these sites, you will be assisting these varying practitioners and groups financially in their missional activity.

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Further on the unspoken model of church - church as business

Blimey - that got you thinking!! See comments section to original post. Responding to the comments...

As has been said, there is a difference between utilising good working practices around money and activities, learning from business. It is quite another to base church as a model on a business. It is the latter I am talking about and question, whilst fully supporting the first. Yes - churches need to be sustainable, which means many have to be entrepreneurial, and when thinking about mission in particular, need to consider communication and event type management, BUT these need to be based on values around the meaning of Ekklesia. Ekklesia is a greek word most common in the New Testament for Church, which playfully takes the word used for a town council which was dominated by rich usually men and excluding everyone else, and turned it on its head as a word for church as an alternative community which scandalously included slaves, children and women. It was focused on the Kingdom of God and the counter cultural teachings of Jesus that are sometimes called the 'upside down kingdom'. They were called to be radically inclusive communities of love. This is something which Moot holds very dear. Secondly, these churches were called to worship the Creator, Redeemer and Companion - the Trinity - although this was not fully understood until the Cappadocian Fathers and the Nicene Creed - so that churches should engage with worship, mission and community that enable people not only to encounter God, but to participate in the divine, and model this in the way they do community. In this way Christianity is profoundly different from other religions where worship is more about what you do for God, where the focus in Christianity is about being transformed by being brought into relationship with the Trinity in all that you do.

So unlike the other models of church which draw scripturally on the significance of Jesus, and different focii of Jesus' teachings. I am concerned that churches modelled on businesses do not know or hold to these central teachings of Christ, and are based on business which can never reflect the Kingdom of God, and therefore based on different values.

However, where churches need to be involved in business ventures, I do think they can use more creative models of how they do business learning from previous christian innovation, for example the co-operative, the not-for-profit organisation. But this doesn't define the church - it defines the churches particular business initiative. There is a subtle difference but an important one for me. Otherwise you just end up with a form of Christendom which I have already outlined in my previous post.

Responding to Andii's comment about working with business people as a form of contextual church - I would argue that the place first is to radically challenge such people with Jesus' teachings and model a way of church that challenges much of business values about economic worth, markets, and products, with the stuff about how to be fully human, to live beyond the addiction of consumption, how to find centeredness, how to give, how to live beyond individualism - and all of this has to be learnt in the context of doing and being church which is counter cultural. Contextualisation for me, is not about absorbing values that go against the Kingdom of God, but more about how we can live and do church with out being syncretetic but holding on to Christ's teachings, exploring how to be in culture but not of culture. I hope that Moot in its future can do this. Moot is considering running a prayer and anxiety group as a contextual form of mission - as many people suffer from anxiety as a result of the pressure on people in modern life - so exploring life skills and forms of contemplative prayer to bring peace, so teaching counter-cultural living skills rather than anything offered so far from within culture if you see what I mean... We are not running self management skills courses, or skills on how to be a better individual and be independent - stuff of culture - as these we believe just drive people further into consumption, addiction and the myth of independence.

To come clean about Moot, we are exploring it becoming a church plant, and the possibility of Moot and I taking on a church in London, with the desired will to set up intentional communities, alt worship services and a cafe/art centre for mission. Now clearly this art centre/cafe will need to be run as a business, it will need to cover its costs, but we are not going to start with this business defining what and who Moot is - as I state is the case for some churches in my previous blog - but take Moot and its governance and inclusive approach modelled on new monastic interpretations of Christ's teachings - a mixture of a Mystical Communion model with a Sacramental model as a basis to what it means to be church in a postmodern urban context, using our rhythm of life from this to answer 'how should we live' and from this seek to set up a form of business for the cafe and not the other way round which would completely distort what Moot is supposed to be.

So I come back to where I started - there should never be a model of church called the business model, as for me, this says that church should be what ever culture dictates and is therefore the ultimate form of syncretism - but rather, we should seek authentic models of church, and then seek how we do business where we need to, based on these Kingdom values, and not the other way round. I never want to be part of a church where it becomes a hierarchical board, with departments where I as a cleric - become the managing director - never - no matter how large a church gets, I don't think that is right - if we are truly to be an authentic body of Christ. So we need to consider how do model servant ministry as radical hospitality, particularly to and with those who are excluded from our market understandings of business.

Saturday, December 22, 2007

Salvation through into the Wild

Not sure why especially this year, but I found the whole run up to Christmas to be extremely unspiritual, with the ridiculous consumption and passionless Christian Church services, and what seems the enormous stress and depression of many of my friends. In the last week I have felt more alone and disconnected from those I have loved, than I have for a long time. At the start of today I felt over-whelmed, in pain, and a tad lost.

Well, my own salvation happened when I went to see the film tonight with mates, 'into the wild'. I have so gained from seeing it, to touch the things that matter. It is an extremely good film, and most of it resonated with a lot of my own life, other than the absence of God other than that expressed by an old bloke who talked of God as Love who lived in a communion in the desert. It has a very sad end, one that reminds me with gratitude for God's presence and expression of love to me at times of my own liminality and pain. No, this film has reminded me gratefully of how rich my life has been, where grace and the love of God has drawn me to become more human, I laughed and cried in the film. So this Christmas time, I seek to recommit to questing in life to be who I am and to seek God in all that I experience, so that stuff, things, possessions and the rest do not get in the way of my walk with God.

I am left feeling sad, that for so many, the Christian faith is so distorted so that some never know or hear that it is about Love and acceptance, and a God who comes as a helpless baby to seek the salvation of everything.

It has reminded me how sick I feel at the decadence and lack of humanity I feel at this time of year. Why is it we do less Christian things at this time? Yes family are important, but why is it we separate rather than celebrate? I don't really know.