Its actually my fist time in Belfast, although i have been in Dublin a few times. Belfast is a city of binary opposites held in constant tension with each other. Catholics and Protestants, North and South, Ireland and England. It makes sense that Pete's book (mentioned below) carries that theme of conflicting binaries held in juxtaposition all the way through the book.
In my sessions yesterday, . .
i ran into a few moments of tension with some of the people. It may be, as some suggested, that they were still dealing with anger issues related to their church experience and I triggered off something in the language i used .. . or it may be that they didnt know me and they heard me presenting one side of the message [in this case, JOY] without hearing me present the other side [SUFFERING] in the same moment. Either that or the fact that I failed to win their trust and aroused their suspicion as someone deeply embedded in the institutions of the church
Usually i am suspected of the opposite - as an outsider of the traditional church. Its possible that I am treated with hesitation by extreme EC'ers for my committment to ecumenical unity and ignored by the Fundies who do not think me heretical enough to bother with.
Anyway, that was just a moment and the rest of it led to some good conversation and getting stuck into Luke 10 to see how the way Jesus outlined ministry can be so different from the way we were taught.