Monday, August 25, 2008

Highlights from Greenbelt

I just got back from Greenbelt. What is Greenbelt? It's like a rock festival plus theologians! Which works for me. It's a place to see a lot of interesting thinkers and activists in mainline, liberal and radical Christianity. Plus different musicans, artists, and peformers of all types.

Here's some highlights with my bad photos.

Musical highlights:

Michael Franti

Beth Rowley

Speaker highlights:

Brian McLaren - good on postmodernism

Sara Miles - love her, love her, love her - it's people like her that make me want to be a Christian

I also enjoyed Nola Rae (mime artist), Jay Lakhani (on the Bhagavad Gita and Hinduism), John Bell, Peter Rollins and Hymns and Beer:

Where it's OK to sing hymns with theology you disagree with, because it is a pub, and you shouldn't always take things too seriously.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Two bloggers meet for lunch

Hafidha and I had lunch while I was in Portland. It's been three years since we last met, and I think at about the same time three years ago we both started blogging. Thanks for lunch Hafidha and blessings and prayers to you!

By the way, I'm glad I got some sunshine in America, because it was just hailing - in August! Oh dear.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Travels in America

Well, as you might have guessed from the silence here on the blog, I've been busy travelling the States, but now I'm back in Manchester. I had a good time visiting five different US cities, sometimes being a tourist staying in hostels, other times staying and catching up with friends. It was strange being in Boston as it was all very familiar and I always knew where I was, which wasn't true the rest of the time. It's a very different experience riding the subway in a city you know, you find yourself dropping into a commuter-zombie mindset and just zone out. But when you're a tourist you're much more alert and slightly nervous about knowing where you're going.
If you're interested in my decision in New York (see previous post) I ended up going to All Souls Church. What clinched the deal was that it was near to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where I went in the afternoon.
I did too much to report on here, and I'm sure you wouldn't be interested in it all. But entries in the near future may include thoughts on my experiences last month.