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A number of weeks ago I went to a prayer meeting that began, as almost all such gatherings do, with a time of praise and adoration of God. How we pray spontaneously – the language and the ‘personal liturgy’ that we use – tells us a great deal about who we are, as both individual followers of Jesus, and the collective people of God.
Every summer in our church, we host Meet the Neighbours, a community engagement festival offering free hospitality and welcome to our local community. As this year’s event approached, we found ourselves facing one particular quandary.
I have been on a learning curve in many ways, not least in trying to practice what I preach, that every challenge also brings opportunity. It could be an occasion for despair or another chance to exercise faith, courage and determination.
Three invites received in my inbox in recent days from organisations with whom we are glad to collaborate, gives us the opportunity to draw each of them to your attention and become involved, as you are able.
Reflections over the last 25 years since the Good Friday Agreement Referendum Vote (Friday 22nd May, 1998)
Even the sparrow has found a home.
I am always very wary of hype… words like iconic / amazing / radical / life changing / once in a lifetime usually mean that I pay less attention to what is being promoted than I might otherwise have done.
While the Good Friday Agreement formally recognised the principle of consent, it made the Union more vulnerable than before.
As a ‘ceasefire baby’ I have no specific memory of that Good Friday! What I remember instead is referendum day. On 22 May 1998 concurrent referenda were held in Ireland and Northern Ireland to, in essence, approve the terms of what is now called the Belfast ‘Good Friday’ Agreement.
It is my sense that the work of my generation is to discern what is ours to let go of and what is ours to let carry forward.
As we reflect on this anniversary of the Good Friday Agreement, what had we hoped?
It was the helicopters, that potent background hum of troubles Belfast, that signalled what progress was being made or not made.