Wednesday, August 30, 2006


more Greenbelt


Moot weekend away

There are only six weeks to go until the Moot weekend away but there are still places available. We are going to Arundel, West Sussex which is a wonderful part of England to spend a couple of nights out of London. If you wish to join us then check out the attached form for details. Hope you can make it.


Moot "Body Mass" at Greenbelt 2006

This was the altar we set up for the service. Around the bottom are various beauty products.


Moot "Body Mass" at Greenbelt 2006

We all wore white "hoodie" sweaters, and processed two icons into the service.

Friday, August 25, 2006


Swimming in Greenbelt

Pleased to say the advanced moot crew arrived and set up tents just as the heavens opened in the mother of all rain storms. Neil wins the award for the most wet. But after much beers and venue set up, things look great. I will post pics later. Gareth wins the least bedclothes competition - but he is northern. It is now sunny so we are all happy!!!

Sunday, August 20, 2006


Moot @ Greenbelt 2006

Moot are doing a number of activities this year.

Moot & Sanctus 1 with the support of Home & Visions Emerging CHurch communities, are running a New Forms Cafe - part alt worship & emerging church venue part cyber cafe - YES with wifi.

Things to look out for:

Saturday 1pm
Gareth represents Moot in a discussion panel on the subject of Mission & the Emerging Church in the New Forms Cafe

Sunday 2pm
Ian, drawing on his MA Thesis completes a workshop on Trinitarian Theology & The Emerging Church, again in the New Forms Cafe

Monday midday
Caroline, Aaron, Neil, Kat, Gareth, Mark McCLeary, Mark Hutin, Ian, Mike, Carey and others lead the New Forms Cafe Venue in the "Body Mass" and alternative eucharist. Should be good, of the 'ancient future' focus.

Monday 5.45pm
Ian Mobsby leads a seminar in the Hall of Fame Venue on the subject of "I.T's a mystery (Pluralism, Science and Fundamentalism kiss and make up)." This again draws on some of the thinking of Ian's MA Dissertation.

Other highlights
Steve Davies performs twice in the New Forms Cafe venue, 5to6pm Saturday and 5 to 6pm Sunday. He will be performing some of hs own music.

The widely acclaimed performance poet, Sarah De Nordwall friend to some in Moot, will be performing at 6to7pm again in the New Forms Cafe on Sunday.

Pete Rollins again speaks on his a/theistic theology for the emerging church - always excellent.

Jonny Baker is doing a talk on Monday - always interesting.

Others to see Si Johnston formerly of Head Space, Kester Brewin formerly of Vaux, Noel Moules of Workshop, Walter Wink......

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


The Inner Spiritual life & Eucharist - Neil's Sermon

Neil gave his first sermon at STMW on Sunday. To have a read, see attached.



how weird!

Interesting article in the Gaurdian today - apparently the current trend among students is toward a belief in creationism. I never would've thought it. It seems religion really is maintaining a vibrant following in the West after all, what with a seemingly vibrant following among young people. But is this an uncritical, superficial or nominal acceptance? Or is this a fresh new wave of fundamentalist religious dogmatitists? Thoughts, please.

Thursday, August 10, 2006



Finally went to see the Bill Viola video art show at the Haunch of Venison gallery in London today. Although I managed to avoid my usual trick of seeing shows on the last day of opening, it does close at the end of August, so go and see it now, before it's too late.

Jonny Baker has posted his thoughts on his blog (links are not working with blogger at the moment) - here are some of mine:

1) Viola's work is often immensely popular amongst emerging church types. Perhaps it's the use of video technology, perhaps its the use of life, death and birth narratives. Either way, his work has never quite captured my attention in the way that, say, Gary Hume, Bruce Nauman and Anish Kapoor might. There's nothing wrong with video as a media, but when every piece uses it, it becomes the artist's signature style, which can detract from the work's themes. This brings me to my second point...

2) Slowness. On leaving the gallery, I found myself jetting down the street like an exocet, knocking pensioners, wheelchair users and children aside, and leaving a trail of destruction in my wake from Bond St. to Victoria. Every single p
iece utilises slow-motion. Of course slowness is very important, we live lives that are too frenetic, we should calm down, etc., etc,...

But bearing in mind that someone somewhere with too much time on their hands has worked out that the average viewer spend a mere 8 seconds in front of a piece of work, there's a big difference between genuine meditative slowness and testing my (admittedly short) patience. My favourite piece would be the one with the woman in arab dress walking towards the camera in the shimmering desert. Closer and closer. In Slo-Mo. Towards the end I found myself shouting: "OH BLOODY HELL, JUST GET ON WITH IT!" Again, the signature style is distracting. By my second hand, EVERY piece was slowed to the exactly the same rate, each piece lasts 50 minutes. Why? Unless the point of the work is to turn the viewer into a tightly wound rubber band, ready to take on the world when you leave the gallery.

3) I did, however, feel inspired to go and find out a bit more about the Tristan and Isolde story, as its a legend that I've heard of a few times before, but know nothing about. The pieces do leave you thinking about questions of narrative versus pure space. The final dyptich on the top floor especially repays the effort of forcing oneself to sit through the entire cycle, as ritual, purification, shame and symbol are offered for consideration.

On the whole, it has to be said that the work is a lot better than many other works that are out there. If you want to go, be sure to put aside a whole afternoon to give it time, but do go see it.

There is also a second part to the show at St. Olave's College near London Bridge.

Tuesday, August 08, 2006


Big Chill highlights

At last I had some time off to remember that I am human - so hired Audrey - Graham & Bethans Campa van, and went off with Gareth, Phillipa, Stephen to meet up with Jonny and Joel Baker. It was a fab time, and opportunity for just being friends. Long over due.

For the musically interested - I rated the following as my top 8

1. Gilles Peterson
2. Fink
3. Aim
4. Bent
5. LauraB
6. Jose Gonzales
7. Tom Middleton
8. Mozez
For more pics check out my flickr photos

Sunday, August 06, 2006


Jamaican Independence Day

On this day in 1962, Jamaica gained its independence from British rule.

Happy Independence Day!

Thursday, August 03, 2006


moot labyrinth service

I apologise for not blogging this sooner, but this is the first opportunity I've had...

So the BBC came to moot last Sunday. They came to film a labyrinth service for a "Songs of Praise" feature on emerging churches, and chose us. The show goes out on the 17th of September.

Three men in a Chelsea tractor came and disgorged loads of TV equipment into St. Matthew's, and proceeded to set up an interview room upstairs. In a scene that resembled the Germans grilling a Prisoner of War, they proceeded to interrogate Ian with bright lights and pointed questions for a solid hour, making him repeat the same things over and over until his brain packed up and went on holiday for a week (his body is following the holiday trail this weekend).

They asked me a couple of questions, too.
"Should I look at you directly, or can I look away as I'm thinking of an answer?", I asked.
"No look straight at me please."
"So, why do you come to moot?"
"Well.." I say, looking away to the right.
"OK. Thanks. That'll do."

Clare, of course, was the old pro that we know and love, and did her piece with her usual professionalism.

The labyrinth was good too. Numbers were up, and even the people who had never done one before and didn't like it on principle, said that they got lots out of it.

Rather than have stops along the way of the labyrinth (which is how it is normally done), there were 3 stations set up with various ideas, meditations and prayers to take with you in and out of the labyrinth. This gave it a different flow and feel, whilst maintaining the labyrinth's genius of being able to see and meet others along your journey. As usual, it was very moving and thought provoking as an experience.

More TV interviews with different people followed the service, although recording was regularly interrupted by an Elvis impersonator, who is also a Songs of Praise groupie - he follows the camera crew around wherever they go filming apparently.

If you've never done a labyrinth before, you can do an online version of it, and there is various information about what it is, and the history of where it has come from. I just tried to link the website, but blogger is playing silly buggers tonight, so you'll have to type this in manually:

It's well worth a visit.

Oh, and apologies for the photo. I just spent an hour doing it, compositing various photos, and for some reason it came out really wee.

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