Paul writes – I’m really looking forward to Ian’s arrival next month. As I’ve said numerous times on this blog, Ian’s journey and that of MOOT has been a fascinating story. I’ve always wanted to hear more of the MOOT story in my own context in small town NZ and suburbia – where might God’s invitations be in this place?
Details of the Hamilton events, and one informal evening in Cambridgeare shown below:
Friday 27th March: 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? Ian Mobsby, an author, anglican missioner from the Moot Community in London and member of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Fresh Expression team in the UK, explores how fresh expressions and the 'mixed economy of Church' can rise to this challenge. This workshop will explore the vision and practicalities to begin and sustain such activities. Venue: Te Ara Hau auditorium, 100 Morrinsville Road, Hamilton. Start time: 10am. Finishing between 2pm and 2:30pm. Cost $35.00. Ian’s books will be available for sale too, so bring a few extra dollars.
Friday 27th March: 7:30pm. Informal conversation with Ian over a pint of beer @ The Prince Albert in Cambridge (the area out by the pool tables – might be more conducive to a conversation).
One thing I’ve often wondered is: are there other creative’s in Cambridge thinking and imagining what a different way of being church might look, feel, and sound like in Cambridge. i.e. people who want to start with a blank sheet of paper, prayer, and prayer and see what emerges. This is a chance to start a conversation by engaging with the MOOT story as Ian tells it. Being informal in nature, this is a great chance to ask questions of Ian, and to really get your imagination working. E-Mail me via the blog e-mail above, if you’re interested, otherwise, it’ll just be Ian and I, a few beers, and a great conversation…
Sat 28th March: 'I'm Spiritual Not Religious'. This is a common mantra of many in our culture of neo-mysticism. In this workshop for practitioners, Ian Mobsby explores the theology and vision of new forms of church seeking to engage with our culture of spiritual tourism; how to engage with post-secular and post modern interest in spirituality. The session is aimed at those who are already engaged round the edges of things. It will first explore the underlying forces that are creating this new culture and then reflect on models of church that seek to engage with this context inspired by some groups in the US and UK which combine New Monasticism, Alternative Worship and Emerging Church tendencies within the Anglican, Methodist and Lutheran traditions. These communities seek to assist people to shift from being spiritual tourists to co-travelling Christian Pilgrims, through communities that practice deep expressions of community and Christian spirituality. Ian Mobsby is an Anglican Missioner from London, a co-founder of the Moot Community in the Diocese of London in the UK, and a team member of the Archbishop of Canterbury's Fresh Expressions initiative.
Time: 1 – 4pm Workshop at Lady Goodfellow chapel, University of Waikato, Gate 1 Knighton Road, Hamilton. Cost $10. Ian’s books will also be on sale, so bring a few extra dollars.
For more information, and detail on where Ian will be in Australia and NZ, visit his website, here.