CMS at Greenbelt


This week, the Greenbelt festival ’Travelling Light’ takes place in Northamptonshire.  CMS is heavily involved in the festival as an Associate Partner and we wanted to take the time to write and point out a few seminars and events.

Pioneer Support 

First and foremost, if you’re a Pioneer and you’d like a chat Jonny Baker (Pioneer Course) and Andy Freeman (Pioneer Hub & Course) be on site all weekend.  You can contact us to arrange an appointment before the event or go the CMS Stand to make a time.  Alternatively Andy will be in the Tiny Tea Tent every afternoon – available to chat, provide support or advice.  Do get in touch.

Pioneer Party – The Leaves, 9pm, Sunday

Following last year’s success, CMS is once again hosting a gathering with free drinks at Greenbelt to celebrate all things pioneering and launch books ‘The Pioneer Gift’ and ‘A new Monastic Handbook’.  Please download and bring the flyer below to gain entry.


Sessions for Pioneers at Greenbelt:

These events will all be publicised in the programme but particularly connect to Pioneers.

Fri 22nd Aug, The Living Room

9pm, Prophetic imaginings

Jonny Baker and Venture FX pioneer, Gav Mart, explore how art helps us to see differently and thus perceive new, previously unimagined possibilities.

Sat 23rd Aug, The Living Room

9am, Consumer culture

Social Entrepreneurs Shannon Hopkins and John Wheatley of Streetspace challenge us to do business ethically.

 9pm, Communicating your genius 

The first of a couple of practical sessions in the run up to the Dragon’s den on how to identify and communicate your vision to different audiences.

Sun 24th Aug, The Living Room

9am, Suffering and injustice

FGM campaigner, Ann-Marie Wilson, and activists amongst the poor, Chris and Anna Hembury, offer insights in how not to get overwhelmed in the face of suffering so we can still make a positive difference to the lives of others.

 9pm, Spotting a good idea 

Hear one of our dragons on how to identify a great idea and then what you should do with it!  It’s only half an hour so you’ve still got time to come on to the party afterwards…

 Mon 25th Aug, The Living Room

9am, Hospitality

Should we focus on being good guests in order to further blur distinctions between sacred and secular?  With writer and pioneer of new monasticism, Mark Berry, and Debbie James, CMS Director of Church and Community.

4.30pm, Dragon’s Den, The Treehouse

Come and be inspired as the shortlisted entrants to our missional entrepreneurship competition pitch their ideas to Greenbelt’s very own dragons!

 9pm, Environment

Recently ordained pioneer minister, Johnny Sertin, of Earlsfield Friary and Chris and Katherine Thompson from House 244 community in Oxford explore how we might begin to adopt a new attitude to creation wherever we live.

For those of you coming to the Festival we hope you have a wonderful time and we’ll see you there.  Let’s hope for no rain too !

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