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an advocate for pioneers, lover of all things creative and an explorer of faith in relation to contemporary culture
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i enjoyed playing around with quotes from john taylor in imagining mission with john taylor, the book i wrote last year with cathy ross, and combining them with my photos. we posted a number of those last year with some... Continue reading
Posted 4 hours ago at jonnybaker
time whizzes by! it feels like we have only just got started in the northern centre with the cms certificate of pioneer mission. but we are already thinking towards the second year which will start in september. if you are... Continue reading
Posted 4 days ago at jonnybaker
the third in the just imagine webinar series is on thursday evening. we're exploring creativity in a chat show style with 3 guests each week. i am absolutely loving it - last week was honestly so much fun and the... Continue reading
Posted 7 days ago at jonnybaker
gathertown is minecraft or habbohotel meets zoom (take your pick depending on your age). chances are you'll hear about it at some point. i like it - it's fun and whilst i think zoom is great a change is also... Continue reading
Posted Jan 12, 2021 at jonnybaker
thanks to everyone who came to the first just imagine session which was fun! it was possibly the craziest and busiest chat in a zoom i have ever been in!! we have decided to make 100 more places available for... Continue reading
Posted Jan 9, 2021 at jonnybaker
i cycled past this sign in london over christmas and had to stop and photograph it. it reminded me of the forthcoming webinar series which starts this week. i am looking forward to it. the just imagine series of 4... Continue reading
Posted Jan 3, 2021 at jonnybaker
we spent time over christmas connecting online as family using gathertown which was fun. particularly exciting for the granddaughters was a room i made of a snakes and ladders board where your avatar walked the steps on the board. it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2021 at jonnybaker
yes literally! the first day of the year was spent at the wood and the latest addition to go with the pirate ship is a swing for the grandkids (though as you can see it is adult friendly too!). it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2021 at jonnybaker
i love music and have always been in the habit with some friends of compiling and exchanging playlists for the end of the year. we used to do that via burning cds but now it's much easier to do via... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2020 at jonnybaker
i have added more photos to the nine elms advent trail album - jen and i cycled in for a view of things we missed - this time in daylight Continue reading
Posted Dec 26, 2020 at jonnybaker
it's a weird one admittedly but happy christmas! this image seemed rather fitting this year... Continue reading
Posted Dec 24, 2020 at jonnybaker
jen and i cycled in on what turned out to be a wet and windy evening to go round the nine elms advent trail. it's quite a big area and due to building work not straightforward to work out where... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2020 at jonnybaker
i loved this anthony gormley exhibition event horizon of figures around the hayward gallery in london back in 2007 which is where the photo is from. this phrase probably seems more evident now but when john taylor was writing it... Continue reading
Posted Dec 18, 2020 at jonnybaker
betsy blatchley is a pioneer in nine elms which is a huge new housing area near battersea power station just south of the river thames in london. the focus of her pioneering is arts and community building. she has pulled... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2020 at jonnybaker
ben bell loves advent! when he was a youthworker he always produced something creative and now he is a priest he is still up to his old tricks i am glad to say. angels over hoxton is a street art... Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2020 at jonnybaker
we had cms pioneer graduation on zoom this year. it's tough for students not being able to gather but the group that had planned it did an amazing job and i thought it was a wonderful occasion. this is cathy... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2020 at jonnybaker
the baker boys (harry and joel) have teamed up to create some posters of lines from harry's poems - see harry baker's store. i loved his recent poem impossible Continue reading
Posted Dec 13, 2020 at jonnybaker
i have become more and more fascinated by processes of creativity and imagination. when we sent in the first draft of imagining mission we had some push back from the editor asking for some examples of how what we were... Continue reading
Posted Dec 12, 2020 at jonnybaker
i get asked a lot about how you come up with ideas. so i have set up a series of four webinars for one hour each exploring that question. each one will take one idea for exercising creativity and play... Continue reading
Posted Dec 6, 2020 at jonnybaker
we had a morning this week exploring what it might mean to decolonise the curriculum in the pioneer training we do at cms. anthony reddie led the conversation and was so helpful both through what he said but also by... Continue reading
Posted Dec 4, 2020 at jonnybaker
several times at grace we have done our own take on nine lessons and carols - only it's unikely to be carols! nine people select a tune related to the traditional readings following the christmas story. come and join us... Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2020 at jonnybaker
this is a photo i took years ago in the wonderful city of melbourne. it's always amused me that when i have shown it half the people assume jesus christ is a stencil artist and the other half that he... Continue reading
Posted Nov 26, 2020 at jonnybaker