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

    Monday, September 15, 2008
    Mind the gap
    A very fine gift from Greenbelt arrived today, unexpectedly: a cd containing mp3s of all the talks at the 2008 festival. Whether that was in recognition of my (very slight) contribution to the process of arranging this year's talks, or whether all the speakers get this valuable gift, I'm not sure. But one of the rewards was to discover that, contrary to the listings in the slightly screwy Greenbelt online shop, one of the event's best talks was, after all, recorded for posterity: a talk called Mind the gap by Jane Corbett and Ann Roach, who told their story of decades of community involvement in West Everton with typical wit, directness and insight.

    Taking examples from an inner city community in Liverpool: does inequality really matter? What could be a response? Is the Bible silent on the matter?

    It's not flagged up in the online shop listings, but it's catalogue no. GB08-29 and if you hack the Greenbelt site a bit you can hear the first three minutes of it, and purchase the whole talk, here.