Last week was my first time in Oslo. I stayed with Morten Holmvist, Manga enthusiast, theology teacher and pastor of Subchurch - 200 young goth/punk/metal/black-wearing Jesus followers. Great people.
(Some of the pictures below are from their website.)
I “preached” there on Sunday night - storytelling from the gospel of Luke. Morten said that his people were coming back the next week, so it couldn't have been that bad. What did i wear? My white tuxedo shirt, minus buttons. I like to be the alternative one.
Subchurch meets in a club in the dodgy part of Oslo. It was a gay club before they had it, so its decorated nicely. They have a coffee shop, which i adopted as my office away from home, and lots of rooms, including the small concert venue they use for church.
I knew the music would be loud when i noticed there were more loud speakers than people. Well. almost. I stood next to a tower of speakers that was twice my height. There are a number of hard core bands from this church, including Extol. (See review of their CD on vampire-magazine.com)
I taught on Emerging Church at a few places, including MF - the main theological faculty where most of Norwegian ministers are ordained, and a few churches. I also spoke at a gathering for youth leaders from around Norway, organized by my friend and DAWN colleague Ovind.
I flew back to Aberdeen on a tiny plane.
And back home on the ferry from Aberdeen to Orkney - saves a lot of money when you do that. It also gives me some time to wind down and arrive fresh to my wife and family.
Actually, Debbie came over to Aberdeen to meet me and we spent the day there.