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

    Sunday, November 12, 2006
    What I thought Christianity was
     
    "He affected me in terms of what I thought Christianity was." Garth Hewitt talking [here] about an early encounter with Martin Luther King, which set him on a very precarious path - combining jobbing musicianship with justice and peace campaigning, neither pursuit exactly secure - which has led him eventually to a place where many other people are now saying pretty much the same thing about him.

    If I'm honest I admit that I've never been a great fan of Garth's music; but I have for many years been affected by the witness he's been giving to a deeply considered, politicised and very hands-on form of peacemaking which is just about the only form of Christianity that's ever been persuasive to me. Well that, and any artistic form. And during Garth's gig at our place last Friday these forms combined for me when he sang about, and showed pictures of Palestinian olive trees being uprooted and destroyed by Israeli (and Caterpillar?) earth movers. The power of the image; the strength of a simple, singleminded song. Backed with the integrity of first-hand observation. The action for peace and justice these provoke. What I thought Christianity was.