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

    Wednesday, January 08, 2003
    Something uplifting - or something understood....
    Teacher to me before today's assembly: "Have you got something uplifting for us to start the New Year?"
    Me: "Erm, well, more challenging, really."

    I was conscious that today's talk, all about searching for peace in Bethlehem - then and now - was intense stuff. Featuring stories of army brutality and civilians hit by sniper fire, extracted from various Sabeel newsletters.

    So it was a tough one for the listeners, and for me, wanting to assert small acts of giving and loving as signs of new possibility against the old regime of state violence. As to how relevant it was to the gathered young people, all I know is that at the end of my prayers for the peace of Bethlehem, the 'Amen' was perhaps the strongest I've heard from that gathering in my 30 months involvement there.