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We’re Starting in SCOTLAND

By: on June 13, 2019

Lisa and I can hardly wait. We are pumped to go to the United Kingdom! Being together to make lifetime memories–SWEET! We are starting our time in Scotland, United Kingdom for 5 days before our London and Oxford Advance officially begins. Lisa is part Scottish and may call herself a Scotty on occasion. Our free…

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Reasonably Excited

By: on June 13, 2019

I was impressed with the depth of insight into the cultures of Britain and London offered by Tan and Hargraves, respectively. My anticipation for our advance has certainly been stoked from the CultureShock! books. I have visited London previously as a tourist and am ready to visit as a student. This part of the world is…

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Imagination, tourists, and a place called home

By: on June 13, 2019

Our readings this week made me even more excited about our Great Britain advance. I first experienced the England of the imagination through the lens of the literature I was exposed to during my early teenage years.[1] In my mind, everyone still dressed for dinner, often engaging in a game of Whist in the evening.…

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God save the Queen, and me too

By: on June 13, 2019

British culture has its own peculiar flavour, even for a colonial like me. So much is familiar, yet I am oddly struck from time-to-time by dissonances between British culture and my own. Canada, as one of the Old Dominions, slowly evolved in becoming its own country. I’m writing this blog post from my home office…

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Last Leadership Book Together

By: on June 13, 2019

Mining for Gold by Tom Camacho has been a fun book to be our last leadership book together. Coaching is still on the rise and I think that is because people have discovered it’s much more than a fad. About 7 years ago the district office of my denomination launched a coaching initiative, and since…

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Wow! That went quickly!

By: on June 13, 2019

Wait! What? This is our final advance and we finish in London/Oxford. I was nervous about Pecha Kucha in front of all of you stunning intellectuals already. Now I have to do it in the auspicious halls of English academia? Sorry, I’m out!! Have a good time y’all. (That is my inner TN redneck coming…

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The Americans Are Coming

By: on June 13, 2019

I have always wanted to visit the Motherland aka Great Britain as an American (and also the other Motherland for African Americans), and so I am glad that I get to do both in this program. Outside of the Queen (Royal Family), the red telephone booths, and Cambridge and Oxford, I do not know very…

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Getting Ready For the Last Hurrah…

By: on June 13, 2019

As I started to peruse the two books for this week, I had a flashback to our first year. We read several books to get us ready for our advance to SA that gave us a historical perspective of Christianity in Africa and the affects of apartheid specifically in SA. I had a moment of…

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Not a Typical Guidebook

By: on June 13, 2019

Great Britain is in the news again, and not for positive reasons.  The Brexit debate continues to rage and boil, as the slow-motion mechanisms of politics and governance continue. It was recently reported that “Theresa May stepped down as Conservative Party leader last Friday after failing to break the Brexit deadlock. On Monday, ten candidates were…

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London, Japan, and I’m straight off the block

By: on June 13, 2019

This trip to London and Oxford promises to be most exciting.  I have been in the Heathrow Airport . . . but that is my only experience in England.  I have visited Scotland twice, so my time on the Island of Great Britain has trended toward the North.  But this time I will experience all…

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The Do’s & Don’ts in London

By: on June 13, 2019

The books for this week were very interesting and informative and surely assigned so we could get acquainted with the location of our next advance. Since I am extremely good at putting my foot in my mouth (or both feet for that matter) at the most inopportune times, the Do’s and Don’ts sections in both…

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Know Yourself

By: on June 13, 2019

Culture shock can be very real. One often experiences culture shock in places where they believe the culture is the same as their home country. I have seen culture shock experienced worse by those that feel like their world travelers or grew up in a multicultural environment. One thing I learned about culture shock is…

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England Swings Like a Pendulum Do

By: on June 12, 2019

Both of our sources this week are an excellent preparation for our advance to be held in London and Oxford later this year during the Fall. Both are titled to prepare us for possible culture shock in both London and Great Britain, and less like a Rick Steves’ travel guide. In skimming them, I reflected…

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Know Your Onions

By: on June 12, 2019

Orin Hargraves CultureShock! London and Terry Tan’s CultureShock! Great Britain are a great pair of pre-travel books intended to prime LGP8 for the 2019 George Fox University LGP Advance in London, England. These are great sources to help prepare and set some initial expectations when adventuring into the British culture. Right off I asked myself,…

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Encounter – Formation – Expression

By: on June 11, 2019

In a sermon a few years ago, Mike Ashcraft, Pastor of Port City Community Church preached a sermon on the concept of Encounter –> Formation –> Expression.[1] Essentially, the concept is that as we go about our day to day lives, we are encountering new things all the time. These encounters lead to a space…

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Living as Strangers

By: on June 11, 2019

My husband is a five on the enneagram. That means he likes to be “in the know.” He’s the kind of person that would eat up books like Culture shock! London and Culture Shock! Great Britain. These books explain everything from how to hail a taxi to what to wear to different social events. I…

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Contextual Ministry

By: on June 10, 2019

I am amazed by this fascinating book where Ian S. Markham and Joshua Daniel summarizing the writings of Martyn Percy. The writing of Martyn Percy is seriously engaging and how they weave through my African Quaker theology. It reminds me that when the early Quaker missionaries arrived in Kenya to establish the first Quaker church…

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