Monday, November 19, 2007

Cultivate Gathering, Hamilton, ON

The Cultivate Gathering happened last Saturday in Hamilton, Ontario. As they put it "Cultivate Gathering is a learning party." There we talked about many topics related to church in Canada, including creativity, theology and (practical) ecclesiology. As they put it, "Cultivate Gathering is for anyone who is interested in church planting or creating mission shaped churches".
I met Joe, who is workin on the "One size fits all?" documentary about new forms of churches in Canada. Check it out: http://www.thinkerlabs.ca/documentary/ . I liked his creativity and artistic expression. The other two women speakers were very good too.
The 'theology' segment was good. The best speaker was David Fitch, author of "The Great Giveaway: Reclaiming the Mission of the Church from Big Business, Parachurch Organizations, Psychotherapy, Consumer Capitalism, and Other Modern Maladies". Tim Bailey from Wortley church (London, ON) also spoke (I didn't understand anything he said. Interestingly enough, Wortley's podcasts seem to be somewhat more interesting to me).
The discussions in the pods on 'us versus them' was quite interesting. I was happy to hear David Fitch's comments. And I was also happy to hear Pernell Goodyear from the FRWY in this discussion. I was encouraged by his example, humility and disposition to work.
The last segment had a 'multicultural' spin. Lots of mumbo jumbo... but good intentions.

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