"Firesides shall be parliaments, our cottages be towers." John Clare
The British poet John Clare (1793-1864) is known for his poems describing life and the natural world in the rural English countryside. His poetry also had much to say about the social issues of his day, and this line, from the poem "The Reformer's Hymn," expresses Clare's longing for a more inclusive, radically democratic society where the matters of politics are decided by the labourer and commoner collectively, rather than by the ruling class alone.
At Fireside Parliament, like the poet and activist John Clare, we too believe that when people gather around a fireside, or a kitchen table, it can become a powerful place. A space where the beauty and fullness of an inclusive community, grounded in faith and love, creates room for the profound sharing and rich discussion that can generate inspired vision and innovation.
Whether you are looking to publish a book, need consulting or counselling, strategic planning or curriculum development, or you need a knowledgeable and inspiring speaker, Fireside will meet your needs.
Gather around the fireside with us. Enter to engage with us!