Every year we host a conversations day. We pick a theme relevant to pioneering mission and practice and invite a bundle of contributors to explore it through workshops, talks, conversation and art.
The very first one was on the pioneer gift out of which we published the book of the same name and every year since we have either published a book or edition of Anvil.
Last year’s was the wonderful and crazy Gather online festival in which we explored pioneer practice which also is a book now. It’s been a great space for colliding with other pioneers or those interested in pioneering and having a chance to reflect together and dig deep into something. There are actually not many other spaces where people are pondering these same questions. It’s part of what movements do – the old ways of thinking and theologising need reframing or rethinking. At CMS we love pioneering mission and love this kind of thing!
This year has escalated into being hosted simultaneously in Penrith and in Oxford on Tuesday 5 April so you can attend either one in person. The places are inevitably a bit more limited than previous years due to social distancing requirements in venues so book early if you are craving that on site experience. But there is also an online option and in that you will be able to choose any of the sessions from either the North or South versions! So it’s new kind of hybrid which should be fun. And for those of you in more remote locations it makes it accessible.
The theme is exploring issues related to flourishing in pioneering mission and sustainability. See the link below where that is expanded on and there is a list of contributors.
Register for Oxford, Penrith or online here
And for those of you in the CMS pioneer starfish network (that means you have done some training with us in Oxford or in a hub) make sure you select the reduced starfish ticket. And if you are a current student select the free (yes FREE) online ticket option.