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malcolm chamberlain

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

God is at large, intimately involved in his world in ways that the church is maybe just waking up to!

the long worship - more pictures...

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

more photos from the 'Long Worship' at this year's Greenbelt, this time taken by fellow Dream-er Frances Shoesmith. Go see the slideshow.

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 4:46 PM | link | 0 comments |

the long worship...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

As I mentioned in a previous post, Dream was involved in a day long worship installation at this year's Greenbelt festival in collaboration with three other emerging church communties. For anyone who wants to see what it was like, Mark Berry (from Safe Space) has uploaded some photos to flickr. You can see a slideshow here.

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 10:20 AM | link | 0 comments |

pioneers and pastors...

Thursday, September 17, 2009

This is a really interesting and challenging conversation prompted by Mark Berry's initial honest post about his struggle with the church's unstated expectation that pioneers will become pastors. I'm particularly stuck by Mark's comment later in the thread where he writes, in response to one person's practical question, "I don't think it necessarily means moving to a new place... but about keeping true to gifting in community... as I say it seems to be generally accepted/expected that Pioneers will become Pastors, but that assumes that leadership is held, I wonder what might happen if leadership were not held..."

Well worth a read!

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 4:15 PM | link | 0 comments |

a free man...

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

This is great news - justice at last after a long fight for freedom.

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another excellent year...

Wednesday, September 02, 2009

I'm recovering and catching up after another great Greenbelt. The highlights of this year's festival for me were...
  • Athlete on Monday night - the best music set at Greenbelt for a good few years (in my humble opinion)
  • Gene Robinson - for a man who has been lambasted and judged by so many you can't help but be moved by the grace with which he speaks about issues that he is deeply passionate about, be challenged by his clear teaching, and be blown away by his deep personal spirituality and faith. I don't care if it does get me into trouble (with some) for saying so, but his seminars were definite highlights of the festival for me, and are well worth downloading if you missed them
  • Rob Bell - the queuing was a pain but I can't think of a more effective and absorbing communicator in the Church of today
  • the Long Worship in New Forms on the Monday (see photo above) - yes, I know that I was involved in organising and running it, but maybe for that reason it was moving to see so many people (over 900) connect with God in the space in so many unique and personal ways
  • the atmosphere and catching up with friends - but that's always a highlight of Greenbelt!
I'm already looking forward to Greenbelt 2010!!

If you were at this year's festival, what were your highlights?...

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posted by Malcolm Chamberlain, 2:27 PM | link | 1 comments |