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Jim Gilmore (The Tribe, Los Angeles) interviewed by John Drane [pt.2]

date OCTOBER 10
date Jim Gilmore (USA)

Now how about the Burning Man? Can you say a bit about how you first came to go there, and why you wrote a dissertation on it. Would you like to summarize your dissertation in a few sentences. Ever since I started coming to the Tribe, (an Emerging Church in California) I wanted to go to Burning Man. Some of the most integral voices in Tribe have been part of Burning Man for years, and have become real leaders and mature voices in their Burning Man community, known as Gigsville. They regaled me with Burning Man stories from just about…

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The Labyrinth – Ritualisation as Strategic Practice in Postmodern Times

date OCTOBER 10
date Jonny Baker (UK)

Ian Mobsby talks to Jonny Baker about his research dissertation for his MA at Kings College London. How to get hold of it:You should be able to get it at Kings Library. You can borrow my copy. The whole dissertation is available to download free from my blog as a pdf file.Blog – http://jonnybaker.blogs.comDownload – http://www.yehright.com/files/laby.pdfI also published the ideas of the dissertation in a less academic format as a chapter in the book The Rite Stuff edited by Pete Ward published by BRF. That’s probably the way it is most accessible. What did you gain from researching & writing…

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An investigation of how the church should be adapting its mission strategies and worship practices to the cultural landscape and spiritual journeys of the residents of York.

date OCTOBER 10
date Sue Wallace (UK)

So tell us what prompted your research...Basically, I wanted to look at the cultural and spiritual journeys of people in York specifically. Partly as a kind of "market research" for Visions and also to balance a lot of the research that has been done on a more national level. Are we providing a useful service for people or barking up the wrong trees? Are there other things we should be doing that would be more useful? I chose cultural *and* spiritual journeys because I believe that they are linked. People are profoundly affected by their cultures, the books they read…

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