echoes of athenian idols

Wednesday, April 30, 2003:

tomorrow night @ the bush on elmwood ave. 'God's secret garden'. continuing the theme of godspace for reflection, meditation and contemplation. exploring the theme of angels. no robbie williams songs.
**** // 4:36 pm


this Saturday @ Shine, there's Justin Robertson and Phil Kieran. in the bar it's Simon McDermott and Alan Simms.
**** // 4:36 pm


Monday, April 28, 2003:

From Shine mailing list:
World DJ Day gig @ Shine. It's tomorrow night and djs playing are: Phil Kieran, Simon McDermott, Mixmaster records and Alan Simms. The night will run from 9.30pm 'til 2am and admission is only £4. All proceeds will go to the Northern Ireland Childrens' Hospice and Nordoff Robbins music therapy charity.
**** // 2:31 pm


Saturday, April 26, 2003:

Across the Line is a class radio show on radio ulster, loads of good stuff on there, all the news on what's going on in belfast. gonna add it to the links on the right.
Roni Size is playin at the empire tonight, DJ Rolando is at Shine
**** // 1:50 pm


Wednesday, April 23, 2003:

just received jonny baker and doug gay's book alternative worship in the mail. looks like a great resource for all those experimenting with alt. methods/worship/thinking. there's a cd rom with it too. highly recommended.
**** // 11:50 am


Sunday, April 20, 2003:

thanks to a few folk who have given us links recently,
Charlie Knox,
Sisters' Weblog: It Bloggles the Mind (it certainly does!)
and also a really interesting blog from Brandon, who's a bit of a clubber himself. this is one worth monitoring.
**** // 11:32 am


Friday, April 18, 2003:

Easter Monday @ shine

Minus presents:
10.30pm: Magda.
12am: Richie Hawtin (three hour set on decks, efx & final scratch).
3am: Close.

Mandela Hall:
10.30pm: Mixmaster records.
12am: Derrick Carter (three hour set)
3am: Close.

Virus Records:
9.30pm: Chris Hill.
11.45: Ed Rush & Optical.
2.45am: Close.

The Bar:
Alan Simms & Phil Kieran all night long.

**** // 1:25 am


Monday, April 14, 2003:

great new blog to check out: emerging minister
loved the quote on it:
"The trouble with folks like Brownie is they hold their life in like a bakebean fart at a Baptist cookout and only let it slip out sideways a little at a time when they think there's nobody noticing. Now that's the last thing on earth the Almighty intended. He intended all the life a man's got inside him, he should live it out just as free and strong and natural as a bird." -- Leo Bebb in Frederick Buechner's "Treasure Hunt"
**** // 10:38 pm


not much happening at the moment, we'll try to keep it interesting on here though.
godspace enters it's final week at UUJ. this week is on the cross.
got a new cd last week -
Dehli9 by Tosca (listen here, it's fantastic, there's even a download) - two cds, one of lovely mellow beats with vocals, the other haunting/moody piano. great for godspace, be prepared to hear them a lot! we could do with some more so if you have any suggestions feel free to comment with your own suggestions on music.
'A bird does not sing because it has an answer; it sings because it has a song.' - Chinese Proverb
**** // 10:33 am


Wednesday, April 09, 2003:

tomorrow night's god's secret garden is looking at some of the implications of the 'easter' story. the cross, betrayal, forgiveness, hope, grace....
here's a little story from De Mello's 'walking on water':
Once a woman who was supposedly having visions of God went to the bishop for advice. He told her: ‘You may be believing in illusions. You must understand, as bishop of the diocese, I am the one who can decide whether your visions are true or false.’
‘Yes, your excellency.’
‘That is my responsibility and my duty.’
‘Of course, your excellency.’
‘So you must do as I say.’
‘I will, your excellency.’
‘So listen: the next time God appears to you, as you say he appears, you are going to perform a test by which I will know if it really is God.’
‘Agreed, your excellency. But what is the test?’
‘Say to God, “Please tell me the personal and private sins of the bishop.” If it is God who is appearing to you, he will reveal my sins to you. Afterwards come back here and tell me, but no one else. Okay?’
‘I will, your excellency.’
A month later, she asked to meet with the bishop, and he asked her, ‘Did God appear to you again?’
‘I think so, your excellency.’
‘Did you ask him the question I told you to ask?’
‘Of course, your excellency.’
‘What did God say?’
‘God said to me, “Tell the bishop that I’ve forgotten all his sins!”’

**** // 3:55 pm


Tuesday, April 08, 2003:

forgot to mention yesterday - the chaplaincy at UUJ are still doin godspace at the uni, this week's theme is the incarnation. check it out if you can.
**** // 11:09 am


Monday, April 07, 2003:

this thursday, god's secret garden is @ the bush, space amid the blinding noise of jungle life, for reflection, meditation, and contemplation - trying to create this 'godspace' - everyone welcome no matter who you are, take as long as you want, tiptoe slowly or jump right in - drop in for a cuppa and a chat as well - we'll be there between 9 and 11

'You must learn to be still in the midst of activity and to be vibrantly alive in repose.' - Indira Gandhi
'Pearls lie not on the seashore. If thou desirest one, thou must dive for it.' - Oriental Proverb
**** // 12:20 pm


Friday, April 04, 2003:

tomorrow night @ shine

April 5th:
Ben Sims & Alan Simms.
In the bar: Mixmaster records.
Tickets £8 NUS/members £10 others at
the door
**** // 12:53 pm


Tuesday, April 01, 2003:

nice article by Dan Gilliam on the ooze. Made me think about godspace a bit and it's not exactly the same, but maybe going in the same direction. Excuse the Americanisms...

Has your worship experience become like watching commercials at a Super Bowl party? Consider God's call to quiet and the notion that Christ's idea of a contemporary worship experience might be silence.

'I have discovered that loud is easy to manufacture, especially in cars and corporate worship. There are flutes and wailings galore not to mention drums, guitars and basses. But silence and stillness, much maligned and ignored components today...require courage and deliberate intention to implement and practice.'

' There are some among us who believe that the church today, American and otherwise, is being molded, even polluted by the commercial and busy ways of this world. One of the symptoms of this, I believe, is our inability to sit still in worship for more than a moment without entertainment or instruction...'

He then describes some Quaker-type silent worship he helps facilitate: '...those of us who do are finding the experience to be real, rewarding and appealing to those who are spiritually hungry but religiously tired.'

**** // 10:58 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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