i’ve found my home…

it was a very good greenbelt. jonny writes about it here, mark here.

i only have a moment – i’m staying with friends in a little village just outside of oxford, so i’m limiting my time on the internet in order to stay friends with them – but just a couple of reflections…

there was so much that was brilliant about greenbelt – the Ikon worship, the saturation of art and clever interactive spaces around the venue, listening to shane claiborne, pete rollins and kester brewin. one of the most serendipitous moments i had was finding myself in a room listneing to a panel of people from india, nicaragua, palestine and south africa, talking about liberation theology – stunning. i loved meeting the people who exist behind emails and websites – mark, pete, ben and the old vaux-ers – and discovering they have stuff to tell that’s really helpful to hear, and reconnecting with old friends again (too many to list)…

it was a relief to be in a place where i didn’t have to explain what alternative worship was at the start of every conversation…

a couple of things to think about more…

  • how much does community matter? is it an essential partner to worship or sacred space, or can it be unhelpful for some people. i’m looking forward to talking more to the ikon people about this in belfast in a couple of weeks (the ikon context seems to resonate most closely with where most of the stuff i’m doing is at)
  • what’s the distinction and connection between worship and sacred space? i think that being clearer about this would stop a lot of angst…

it’s too hard to describe the ikon worship, all the words i type don’t do it justice. but the song at the end, which padraig sang while kneeling on the side of the stage, had to be my best 5 minutes at greenbelt. ‘i’ve found my home in babylon… in exile’. there was indescribable comfort in that.

thanks to those who put so much time into it, and made it look effortless – especially to those who ran the new forms cafe (and who let me speak!).

i’m back in london tomorrow for a few more days, seeing all the people that there was only time for a quick conversation with at greenbelt – jonny, steve, ian, etc. Then it’s germany, paris and belfast…