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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Thursday, July 03, 2003
    When you've given all your ideas away
    Give all your ideas away, I blogged last week, quoting the refreshingly laid-back business approach of Howies and Obble. Could describe the work of a priest, or community worker, or medic, or civil servant - anyone who spends all their days digging for ideas to share, giving out advice - demanding, wearying tasks.

    Tonight I'm wondering, what happens when 'all your ideas' amount to nothing, when they're all dried up, drained by a bedside vigil in Intensive Care, an encounter with two drunken young women, one near-suicidal, and so much conversation over parish cups of tea. When you've given all your ideas away, will new ones emerge? Howies and Obble are creative, free-thinking partnerships. The search is now on to find creativity and free-thinking within the church, to refresh, renew, overflow again.