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

    Friday, June 20, 2003
    Three free hours
    Astonishing what release there is when a meeting gets cancelled. A feeling of freedom and space as three hours opens up unexpectedly, and almost immediately. Each of us involved in this decision today expressed that feeling, "I'm glad in a way, gives me time to catch up with myself..." Or to sleep.

    This wasn't any old meeting, but a meeting which is always enjoyable, a different sort of gathering, once a month with Iona Community 'family'. Called off because folks are away on holiday or at childrens' school events or caring for dependents or ill through work excess.

    If we feel so released from a time commitment to something we value and enjoy, I can't help wondering what all those other commitments are doing to us, the ones we have to keep even though we know their mediocrity demeans us, deadens us, fuses us in the mundane.....