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john davies
notes from a small vicar
from a parish
in Liverpool, UK

    Friday, August 16, 2002
    Soul Space
    Those bloggers deep into Greenbelt preparation 24/7 - please forgive me: today in about two hours I did most of my pre-festival work!! That involved taking the wad of wristbands for the SOUL SPACE team which arrived from Naomi today, popping them into jiffy bags, and nipping down to Penny Lane Post Office to send them off.

    SOUL SPACE is intense and challenging when it's up and running but at this stage it's simply about making arrangements for meeting up. We turn the Panoramic Restaurant into perhaps Greenbelt's only specifically quiet area, with a prayer corner with cushions, candles, icons and incense, bookstalls with spirituality titles for people to browse, and on the lower level, at tables with an expansive view, we hold our half-hour conversations where a steady stream of festival-goers take up the invitation to have someone hear what they are going through, often about their prayer life, or God-life, or a decision they face.

    People wander in and out at all hours of the day and night just to see what's up there, often just to gaze out across the festival site (and at night, watch the town lights and the star lit sky). Do visit us this year.