A TASTE of GREENBELT 2014
One personís view of Greenbelt
Friday 22nd Aug
Coming very soon the Greenbelt 2014 blog
Well its nearly there!
Well, sadly this is my first entry despite it being Sunday evening. The hotel I'm staying in has very poor reception, and I haven't been able to get online.
Still here I am... so lets return to Friday.
Friday 22nd Aug
I arrived later than planned, not least because of the number of cars trying to get on site. Having bought my guide and had a hasty look I headed to the Big Top to listen to Brian McLaren talk about the Bible, and how we read it. He's an evangelical Christian but unusually considers that we need to be aware of how we read the Bible, he feels he has moved from a literal innocent method to a literary critical one. He was an engaging speaker and a good way to start the weekend.
A drink (tea on this occasion!) was next with a friend I'd bumped into, quickly followed by the Big Sing with John Bell and the Iona community. I always enjoy these popular sessions, getting 500 people singing in parts within a couple of minutes is such a feat. During the session we sang 15-20 new songs.
By now it was time to wend my wayback to the hotel, resisting the temptation to stop off at one of the pubs The Jesus Arms or the Blue Nun...
Sat 23rd August
Saturday began with sunshine, inspired me to put on sandals, which I'll regret by 10pm, but good for now.
So many choices this morning, which worship to start the day... the site has a large steep sided mound which is called 'The Mount' and where much of the worship takes place, it is certainly somewhere which is set apart from the rest of the site by virtue of its height, and the noise is more distant. Christian Aid are offering a morning prayer today which I plan to give a go. Sadly the arrangements for getting onto the site are still slow, so I don't make it, instead I go straight to the main stage where Mpho Tutu (daughter of Desmond) is talking about the book she has written with her father about forgiveness. She has some interesting and challenging things to say, but she is not easy to listen to. One of the things I take away with me is her comment that the world has spent thousands of years reacting to injustice with violence, it has never worked, when will we accept that? Another comment I mulled over was the realisation that forgiveness is about me, not the other person, and I may need to keep making the decision to forgive as a daily event.
images courtesy from Greenbelt Ltd (Instagram 2014)
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