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11.8.13

Middle Aged Spread gb@40

It seems impossible that Greenbelt is only a few weeks away. Greenbelt brings together a wide spectrum of ideas, people and worship, always changing whilst somehow staying the same.
This year is no different, with plenty of faces old and new.

Worship wise Graham Kendrick returns to the festival. Now I am not the biggest Kendrick fan, but when so many event's line ups are packed with young trendies there is something nice about someone quite so old school!




The programme feels less dominated by sacramental alternative worship than previous years. Although Blessed, the u2charist and others return. Instead more space has been devoted to the earth traditions with The Grove. These fashions go around in circles of course every 10 or 20 years.
On the one hand I am broadly sympathetic to the work that some are doing. However I feel contemporary Western Christianity needs to engage with its own roots before digging around the base of too many other trees. For the Goth Eucharist we are exploring the Jewish theme of the Four Elements - a good balance.
Talks wise I am still trying to get my head around the new Android App, which has had deservedly negative reviews. Maurice Glassman is worth a look. As are the sets of short talks from GTV. I may be speaking for 10 minutes - but have no details or confirmation yet.

Music seems rather folk orientated. Not just the sneering Folk On, but other acts too. It is especially great to see WHY? return to the festival. There are other acts too, but the Android App makes finding things almost impossible.

Greenbelt is ultimately about the people that go however. Do say hello if you see me, even if I blink at you without recognition - last year I failed to recognise a colleague!