I bought some books at Greenbelt.
Chasing the Dragon – Jackie Pullinger
I saw Jackie twice: at Last Orders on the Friday, and at the CMS worship on Saturday morning. So inspiring.
The book was an amazing testimony to part of an amazing journey. I would recommend it to everyone. I always find it easier to read biography than general information about something. I guess it is because, at a fundamental level, humans share so many experiences that when someone lives such a radically different life, it has more impact.
Jackie’s heartfelt call at Greenbelt was for the ‘normal’ Christians, to make the effort to go and help those working with people on the edge. How can people recover from problems like addiction without positive role models to help them?
A Universal Heart, The Life and Vision of Brother Roger of Taize – Kathryn Spink, updated edition.
Taize has been important to me for so long. I grew up in an ecumenical church and to see ecumenism happening in Taize on such a large scale was a real blessing. The music has also inspired me. One of my other memories of Greenbelt this year is sitting in front of the big screen, singing and praying with hundreds of people. It was beautiful.
The book is a biography, detailing much of the early life of the community and recounting some of the ecumenical journey they made, with a particular focus on Brother Roger’s role. Very easy to read and well worth it.
Still to read:
God’s Politics – can’t remember the author
Compassionate Community Work, Dave Andrews
If I stare at the screen any longer, my contact lenses will dry out completely.
What a wonderful weekend. My wellies had several trips out and now look genuinely muddy. My coat/waterproof thing to sit on is also showing signs of being ill used and I am so thankful that Dad left his brolly behind when he visited last week. Several toddlers commented loudly, “Mummy/Daddy why is that lady using an umbrella as a walking stick?” I rarely stuck around to hear the answers, but it was probably because I was walking up the hill behind the grandstand and not coping well with it, my back having objected to sleeping on a lilo and sitting on hard floors with no support.
Anyway, I am now home, clean and using cutlery again. I did have to think about which hand uses which implement, but not for too long.
It was lovely to meet so many people on Sunday and my husband is very grateful to you for not abducting me. He was rather worried when I said I was going to meet some people I knew from t’internet.
More tomorrow – I am off to have some cake and custard.
PS I have just got the new broadband connection working with Linux! Hurrah, I am surfing ethically again.
I feel like a small child again: I have new wellies! They are shiny and navy blue, with bright red soles and buckles, rather retro looking. I wanted the tweed print ones, but there were none in my size. On balance, I think that is a good thing.
I had forgotten that feeling of pride in the shiny new boots and the contradictory feelings about the weather. I would love it to be warm and sunny in Cheltenham this weekend, but a little, tiny part of me wants there to be puddles to stamp about in.
Incidentally, we drove past Cheltenham yesterday and to the north there was a HUGE band of rain. If anyone has yet to pack, bring clothes for muddy days.
On a related matter, I did indeed take clothes to be washed at my sister’s house yesterday and made a welcome discovery: I had not thrown away my Greenbelt spending money, merely stuffed it into a trouser pocket on moving day. Hurrah, I will be able to patronise the bookshop after all. Things had been looking rather grim there for a while.
So, I am off to Greenbelt tomorrow. Back on Tuesday. Have a good weekend, or maybe I will see you there.