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Stories of Riverside in the Pandemic: Episode 2: The future of community - how are we imagining community differently now?

  Marking the third anniversary of the COVID lockdown, I'm using this blog to reflect on this time and to point towards the audio archive Doorstep Revolution , a project I was part of putting together as part of Gentle/Radical.  The second episode reflects on dreams of community, how people expressed desires for a greater sense of local community in Riverside. It was those moments of staying at home, of going out and clapping on a Thursday night during the lockdown that made people think about local community more. Everyone's attention was on the very local, as there was no where else we could go. And one of the positive things of this time was feeling a greater sense of connection to the local neighbourhood. Did we build on that? Or has life now gone back to "normal"? I think, sadly, it mainly has gone back to "normal" with people engaging less with their neighbours. Maybe we missed an opportunity. The work of "doing community" is really tough, lo
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Stories of Riverside in the Pandemic: Episode 1: Our Initial Reactions to the Pandemic

As we mark the third anniversary of the COVID lockdown, it seems like a good time to do some reflection on the last three years, and this season of pandemic. As we all know this was like nothing else any of us had ever experienced, but I just want to reflect more locally on Riverside, and draw your attention to the audio archive Doorstep Revolution, a project I was part of putting together as part of Gentle/Radical.  In the first episode we hear about those initial reactions to what was going on in March 2020. I think it is easy to forget how scary it all was at the time. When I listen back to these stories I remember that sense of fear, and just a sense of not knowing what was going on. It was difficult to know how serious it was, how scared you should be. I know I had the Black Death in my mind, when a third... a half?... of Europe's population died. We didn't know it was that, but we also didn't know it wasn't that. We just didn't know how bad it was. A lot of ou

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The second principle of my work - slowness

This is a long (long!) delayed article laying out the principles of my work. As I wrote last time I've decided to write down the principles of the work that I do in Cardiff. These are not necessarily in order of importance but simply the order that they have occurred to me. The work, that I feel called by God to do in Cardiff, is a kind of pioneer ministry, community ministry, spirit-led activism. It works by a number of practices and principles that I have developed, borrowed from others, learnt from books, or made up as I've gone along! These principles might change as I am always learning and adapting, but these are my foundations right now. Almost a year ago I wrote that the first principle of my work is the hyper-local . And now, appropriately enough, I want to say that the second principle of my work is slowness. "Slowness" may not totally capture the principle though. A better word might be "organic". This principle is based on the insight that human-