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

    Wednesday, June 11, 2003
    Ancient and Modern
    That Greenbelt garden party the other day triggered all sorts of ideas; half of today I've been recalling various strands of conversations from that afternoon, and realising once again how Greenbelt richly resources so much of the rest of life's activity. And in that vein, I've just been enjoying the music of Abbess, otherwise called Sue, on her mp3 site (currently disabled - let me know if you find it up and running). Sue emailed me today after a good chat on Saturday. She's been composing electronic worship songs for York's Visions collective for the past - what, decade or more? - as well as busily putting out some of Visions' ideas in books like Multi-Sensory Prayer.

    Visions meet in St Cuthberts, one of the most ancient churches anywhere; and their approach is more modern than most conventional churchgoers could cope with. Which opens the door for unconventional churchgoers. Which is a very good thing. But, listening to the music again I'm struck by how much of it is inspired by the ancient - like The Sacred Three which is clearly a gem from the Carmina Gadelica, reloaded. And which I'd gladly use this coming Sunday - Trinity Sunday - if I were in a very different sort of parish.