Since moving to the Othona Community, my blog activity has, for many reasons, slowed somewhat. For all much-appreciated followers of the Jolly Quaker blog, here’s a brief update on what’s been going on over the last couple of months, and some news on what I plan to do with the blog in the near future.
Life at Othona
There have been aspects of our ‘Purposeful Adventure’ that have felt like an extended holiday, particularly our time in the States. Now we’re at the Othona Community in Bradwell, the holiday is definitely over! There are toilets to be cleaned, floors to be mopped, massive batches of chilli to be cooked and a whole host of other jobs to be done. There have been many delights (like the cuckoos, badgers, a supportive team and many wonderful guests) and many challenges (like difficult guests and geographical isolation). My next blog post will give a fuller update, and will explore the dynamic of being an Othona ‘core member’. Busyness, irregular days off and being generally knackered have meant I’ve had little time and energy to devote to writing.
A new job – Nurturing Friends and Meetings Tutor at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre
Antother reason the blogs been a bit quiet is that I spent a lot of time preparing for an interview at the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre. Upon hearing the fantastic news that I’d been appointed, I then had to keep the news under wraps until Woodbrooke made their own official announcement. Now I can can share that I shall be starting as Nurturing Friends and Meetings Tutor at Woodbrooke in September! To be working somewhere that has such personal significance (it’s where I decided to apply for membership), with a group of people whom I respect deeply and have great affection for, is such a fantastic privilege. It feels a very natural progression from all my adventures in religious community over the last few years. It also means I’ll be settling down in Birmingham in the West Midlands, a city I have loved for a long time.
What next for the blog?
This blog began as a platform for my own thoughts and reflections on Quakerism and community. From September, I’ll be thinking about Quakerism and community professionally – this may mean I’ll have much more to write about! I would really like to make more and better use of Jolly Quaker, perhaps by creating video content for each post. Ideas for future blog posts include reviewing C Wess Daniels’ ‘A Convergent Model of Renewal’ and thinking about it’s applicability to British Friends, and a series of posts reflecting on the current incarnation of Quaker Faith and Practice chapter by chapter. If you have any suggestions for ways I can improve the blog, or topics I should blog on, then please let me know!
Thanks again for following, reading and commenting. I am always energised by your encouragement! Writing this blog, and engaging with other Quaker bloggers, has been such an important part of my spiritual journey over the last few years, and I am very thankful for it.