Tuesday, September 01, 2009
So that was Greenbelt - a fantastic weekend of music, worship, talks and hanging out. I never fail to come back from GB with new ideas and resources.
This year the theme was 'Standing in the Long Now' - an encouragement to take the long view, and to slow down. There was also a lot made of what seems to be Greenbelt's commitment to the Palestinian people in the midst of the conflict there.
Some highlights for me:
1. Piles of Rice - these were in the Christian Aid tent and were done by a theatre company. They really brought to life the huge statistics that we hear in the news. It also had a sense of humour.
2. Fischy music - children's music that is very rich and engaging. But mostly because the boy loved it and danced and sang and came back for more.
3. Gene Robinson - I went because I thought I ought to go and hear him, and found him a gracious man even if I don't always agree with him.
4. Temple Theology - for my inner theology nerd.
5. The Elbow Bump of Peace - dealing with Swine Flu and keeping a sense of humour (although dropping communion entirely seemed to drop the sense of perspective).
6. A concert of music by John Tavener - heavenly.
7. Friends - GB is a good time to catch up (and sadly all too often the only time).
8. The Messy Tent - does what it says on the tin. Change of clothes for the boy please ...
9. Giggles - The girl had a great time and resisted sleep at every turn (including last night back at home!).
10. Random Art - every where you turn there's something else. I particularly enjoyed the burning bush.
Planning next year's trip already.