echoes of athenian idols

Friday, June 27, 2003:

here's some quotes that we used last night:

“In the attitude of silence the soul finds the path in a clearer light, and what is elusive and deceptive resolves itself into crystal clearness. Our life is a long and arduous quest after Truth.” – Mahatma Gandhi
“After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.” – Aldous Huxley
“The rest is silence.” – Hamlet Act V Scene II
“I have often regretted my speech but never my silence.” – Xenocrates (396 B.C. – 314 B.C.)
“Well timed silence hath more eloquence than speech.” – Martin Fraquhar Tupper
“Silence is argument carried out by other means.” – Ernesto “Che” Guevara (1928 -1967)
“I think the first virtue is to restrain the tongue; he approaches nearest to gods who knows how to be silent, even know he is in the right” – Cato (234 B.C. – 149 B.C.)

**** // 11:38 am


Thursday, June 26, 2003:

last reminder - god's secret garden tonight at the bush cafe, elmwood ave. 9pm - 11pm
'a pregnant silence'

**** // 11:08 am


Tuesday, June 24, 2003:

saturday @ shine
Alan Simms and CJ Bolland
Tim Westwood plus guest
Chris Caul and Nik Muzka

**** // 8:52 am


Monday, June 23, 2003:

god's secret garden is on thursday night this week at the bush cafe
creating godspace for reflection, meditation and contemplation.
9pm - 11pm; all welcome

**** // 11:35 am


'if you have to choose between god and the truth you'd better choose truth, otherwise the god you end up with will be nothing more than the product of your imagination'.
i've long wondered about this. the usual response is 'but isn't god the truth?' or sometimes 'shouldn't we always choose god?'
i've always wondered what exactly truth is. i knew it was a good thing, but whatever it was, i couldn't pin it down. and so I found myself asking with Pilate 'what is truth?' recently i came across this:
'truth cannot be stated. truth simply is, and is what it is, the good with the bad, the joy with the despair, the presence and the absence of god, the swollen eye, the bird pecking the cobbles for crumbs. before it is a word, the gospel that is truth is silence, a pregnant silence in its ninth month, and in answer to pilate's question, jesus keeps silent, even with his hands tied behind him manages to somehow to hold silence out like a terrible gift.' - Buechner
when you're pregnant in your ninth month you know there's something there. truth cannot be articulated, it cannot be understood, only experienced. it's there in the silence. 'be still and know that i am god'. it's a deafening silence that demands to be heard.
godspace is about trying to help people learn to be silent, to listen to the silence, and to hear the truth, as buechner says, 'the wordless truth of who we are and who god is and the gospel of our meeting'.

**** // 9:52 am


Wednesday, June 18, 2003:

just added make trade fair to the links on the right. make trade fair is fighting the greatest ethical issue in the world today. these people are a gospel manifestation, the word becoming flesh, justice beating on the door of resistance, and they're doing it with some style. it's worth reminding ourselves: the gospel requires that we are concerned not only about a person's spiritual well-being but also their physical and social well being. otherwise we deny them their very humanity.
**** // 10:08 am


Monday, June 16, 2003:

groove armada @ shine this week with a four hour set of the finest house music. Alan Simms and Simon McDermott in the bar. £12 a ticket, over half gone already.
**** // 4:02 pm


Tuesday, June 10, 2003:

this thursday
god's secret garden @
the bush cafe, elmwood ave.
godspace for reflection, meditation and contemplation
9pm - 11pm
**** // 6:35 pm


Friday, June 06, 2003:

some of you will be interested in this:
shine for june and july
June 7th: Slam (three hour set) and Alan Simms
In the bar: Mixmaster records.
June 14th: Lottie and Alan Simms
In the bar: Sandra Gourley & Simon
June 21st: Groove Armada (four hour dj set)
In the bar: Alan Simms & Simon McDermott.
June 28th: CJ Bolland and Alan Simms
Room 2: Tim Westwood (Radio 1), Chris
Caul & Nik Muzka.
In the bar: tbc
July 5th: Tom Middleton (Cosmos) and Medicine8.
In the bar: Alan Simms & Simon McDermott
July 12th: Closed
July 19th: Closed
July 26th: Dave Clarke and DJ Yoda.
**** // 5:45 pm


Monday, June 02, 2003:

for anyone who's interested, we have a part time position (20 hrs/week) coming up. it was advertised in the telegraph last friday. you can get more information and an application form by writing to ecco, c/o Grosvenor House, 5 Glengall St., Belfast, BT12 5AD.
here and then type in ecco in the search box to see the ad on-line.
deadline is 20th June
**** // 12:54 pm


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This is the echo weblog. An echo is somewhere between a voice and no voice, somewhere between hearing and not hearing, and somewhere between knowing and not knowing. It's a place of faith and doubt. It's for all those trying to shed their snake skins of tradition, pride, ignorance, prejudice, and trying to work things out for themselves. It's for those caught dancing in the dichotomy of clubbing and christianity, and still trying to follow Christ.
a few of us were discussing what songs the disciples hummed to themselves as they walked home on ascension day....which do you think it was?
'leaving on a jet plane' - like in armageddon (the film that is, not the real thing)
anything by 'air'
'lifted' by 'the lighthouse family'
'up, up and away' by 'andy williams'
'i believe i can fly' by 'r kelly'
'reach for the stars' by 's club'
'stairway to heaven' by 'led zeppelin' (or rolf harris, depends on your taste)
'the only way is up' by 'yazz and the plastic population'
'i'll fly away' by 'alison krauss'
'movin on up' by 'primal scream'
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