Fresh Expressions

Carey and Gannon Sims detoured from their big cities tour to visit me. They work together to bring fresh expressions of church to the collegiate community at the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, Virginia. There they share one post. Each has an interesting second post.

Carey has launched Good Turn Earth Company. This collects waste from local firms including Espresso, Earth Mother Mushrooms and Fredericksburg City Public Works - storing tons of leaves from the city fall clean-ups. They process it, and sell it as a gourmet organic soil conditioner. Visit

Gannon, who previously worked in the anti-human trafficking office at the U.S. State Department. is a Communications Director of Fresh Expressions of Church USA. He enjoys forging partnerships between followers of Jesus from different traditions. The purpose of his current visit was to introduce US Methodist leaders to Fresh Expressions of Church in England. They were due to visit Cambridge, the Church Army Fresh Expressions Research Centre at Sheffield. and London. There, a pilgrimage to Aldersgate, where John Wesley's heart 'was strangely warmed' was on the menu. I prayed that their hearts would be strangely warmed. Visit

A member of our Community of Aidan and Hilda USA Caim Council, Episcopalian minister Sandi Kerner, also lives in Virginia. Yet she had still to meet Carey and Gannon. It so happened that she led a retreat at The Open Gate on Healing and Wholeness while they were here. Now they have met up. I am sure this will bear fruit.

Before the others had left my sister Sally arrived. She booked a four days walking holiday in the Yorkshire Dales, but kindly spent three days on the island to check up on her old bro. She discovered that the island is fuller than ever of dogs. They are all nice. They all wag their tales. I can't think what she discovered about me. Except that I buy lots of ready-made meals and hang lots of sheets on the clothes line.

The Aidan Week Study Retreat is only a month away. Only two places are left. Email

Posted at 06:58am on 23rd July 2015
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