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malcolm chamberlain

musings about the emerging church, mission and contemporary culture...

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Friday, August 11, 2006

Looking forward to Greenbelt in 2 week's time - I've been a GB regular for 19 years now and can't keep away from it. It may sound trite, but to me GB is a taste of heaven! Anyway, this year I'm involved in the 'Faith without Church' seminars, with Spirited Exchanges UK (web site soon to undergo a radical re-design!), and the Dream-led service - 'Travel notes for a rescued people'. The seminars are on the Saturday and Monday at 2pm and the service is on the Saturday at 12noon - all in the New Forms Cafe. If you're at Greenbelt, it'd be great to catch up with you at one of these points or at the Global Zoo.

After Greenbelt I've got 2 days to get the washing and packing done before flying out to Pakistan on 1st September with a small group of students, graduates and generally younger-than-me people! We're going to be in Pakistan for three weeks, spending time with the Anglican diocese of Peshawar and CMS mission partners in Islamabad, as well as visiting the relief work in the earthquake and recent flood affected areas.

But before all that... a week's holiday on the south coast with the family! No blog post next week (my wife tries to keep me away from computers when I'm on holiday!) but hopefully I'll return to these pages before Greenbelt and Pakistan!

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 2:52 PM

7 Comments:

hello Malcolm,

In many ways my faith journey story fits into churchless faith pattern. In NI we are about to undergo an intense period of secularisation which will result in a steep decline in church attendance and many churchless disillusioned Christians - the work of Spiritual Exchanges would be invaluable here!!

I will be at Greenbelt and will hopefully meet you at Spirited Exchanges sessions

Rodney

commented by Anonymous Anonymous, 10:49 AM  

Rodney

thanks for your comment. It'd be great to meet up with you at Greenbelt and to chat about this - come and find me after one of the sessions or email me your mobile number and I'll try to call you at some point over the weekend to meet up for a drink!

Cheers

commented by Blogger Malcolm Chamberlain, 3:35 PM  

I'll put a drinks order in, then - and catch up with you some time on Saturday. I'll be the one in the Hawaiian-style shorts, dodgy sun hat and T-Shirt.

commented by Blogger Steve Lancaster, 9:35 AM  

All the very best Malcolm for both Greenbelt and Pakistan.

commented by Blogger Paul Fromont, 8:15 PM  

Thanks Paul for your good wishes.

Steve, I look forward to catching up with you at GB - mine's an organic Ale!

commented by Blogger Malcolm Chamberlain, 3:28 PM  

Er ... how to put this. Can I buy you an (organic) beer at GB07? I made my way down to Cheltenham on Monday but returned to Whitley Bay yesterday - for a few thoughts and a fuller story (which may or may not resonate with your work on churchless faith) please do see my comment on your most recent post about nomadic christians. But I'll certainly be wearing the Hawaiian shorts over the weekend in spirit(!).

One proviso: my wife is still very keen for me to attend GB06, so I may yet be back in Cheltenham by Saturday. If so I'll certainly put in the order for the beer :).

Steve

commented by Blogger Steve Lancaster, 11:48 AM  

Steve

here's hoping your wife persuades you!! Seriously though, sorry you won't be at GB (unless things change) - I'll look forward to reading your comments on the 'nomad' post and to the beer at GB'07!

commented by Blogger Malcolm Chamberlain, 1:07 PM  

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