The great thing about getting to do a placement as I am at the moment with East Belfast Mission is I get to learn from people who aren’t happy with how the world is and sees a better ‘version’ of society and culture and the world we live in. EBM is striving to do that and its great to see and be a small part of.
Today I got the opportunity to sit in on a seminar on theology and practioners and the role in reconcilliation. This was great as I got to learn from some great theologians and practioners in Northern Ireland. The people I got to spend time with today were smart people so quite what I was doing there I don’t know but it was a fascinating insight into faith and how our understanding should impact our lives espacially in regards to our society. If I am honest and I would rather not because it won’t do my ego any good, I thought a lot of it was over my head. However getting home reading my notes I had made, I realised maybe it wasn’t too bad. Perhaps the language was confusing at times but the themes being explored were things I had in one way or the other reflected on. There were ideas of how the church should improve and also things that the church should stop doing and it all made sense to me in a practical way.
That doesn’t always mean it works out well unfortunately but with what I witnessed today and with what I heard there are people of a Christian faith in this country with some great ideas. That was both inspiring and comforting especially with certain controversies that the church is dealing with and unfortunately letting overlook some great theological and practical work being done.