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Pioneering Spirituality: Research and Reflections

14 October 2014 @ 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

2014 CMS Pioneer Conversations Day

Cost: £15, £22.50 with lunch

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Plenary presentations:

Steve Bevans: on the great reservoir of mission spirituality.
A great friend of CMS, who helped in the initial shaping of the CMS pioneer programme, Steve Bevans is a priest in the Roman Catholic missionary congregation of the Society of the Divine Word (SVD) and is Louis J. Luzbetak, SVD Professor of Mission and Culture at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago. Steve has written extensively on the area of contextual theology and mission.

Tina Hodgett: on spirituality being born.
Drawing on her personal experience of journeying with five women over two years through pregnancy, birth and first parenthood, Tina, who is pioneer team vicar at Portishead Church of England, will be doing some godly wondering about what might be coming to birth spiritually in this context.

Michael Mitton: on preaching in Hades.
Writer, trainer and spiritual director and Fresh Expressions officer for Derby diocese, Michael will help us explore the vital subject of pioneering as it relates to the inner life.



On becoming a missional community. Facilitator: Karlie Allaway. How do we develop and nurture a communal identify and vision? What kind of spirituality and practices establish and sustain a healthy missional community?  Karlie, a student on the CMS pioneer course, facilitates mission and community life within a Catholic community in Eastbourne.

Francis of Assisi: new monastic pioneer. Facilitator: Andy Freeman. This workshop will consider the pioneering spirituality of Francis of Assisi and what we can learn from it today. Andy, who helped start 24-7 Boiler Rooms, works with CMS supporting pioneers across the region and wrote Punk Monk: New Monasticism and the Ancient Art of Breathing.

The Eucharist: rediscovering and reimagining its power to shape communities. Facilitator: Kim Hartshorne. Kim leads the Upper Room community in Cirencester and is a current MA student and ordinand on the CMS pioneer course.

African spirituality and mission in Europe. Facilitator: Harvey Kwiyani. A Malawian mission scholar and practitioner currently living in Birmingham, Harvey is the founder/ director of Missio Africanus, which trains African and other non-Western missionaries of missional effectiveness in Europe. In this workshop he’ll explore how African spirituality can speak into the Western secularised and postmodern culture.

Nurturing active spirituality. Facilitators: James Henley and John Wheatley. Drawing on their experience working with young people in areas of deprivation, James (leader of The Lab, Newport) and John (from StreetSpace) will help us explore how to help people engage with prayer and discipleship in hands-on, practical ways.

Reconciling being + doing, action + contemplation, personal + social in mission. Facilitator: Johnny Sertin. Johnny is an ordained minister in London; he leads a community that pioneered a food growing initiative called Paradise cooperative. In this workshop, he’ll help us discover how to reimagine our lives and mission in ways that aren’t fractured, but fused together in wholeness.


14 October 2014
10:00 am - 4:00 pm
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