EMEYF Spring Gathering 2010 Epistle

Audio version

Epistle from EMEYF Spring Gathering 2010

To the tune of "Lord of the Dance"

Hug, Friends, wherever you may be
It's time to see conflict differently
It's not quite as simple as a cup of tea
But we choose to be a community

We gathered on a Friday, and the weather it was grim
Not a sunny image but Moyallon let us in
Twenty joined the dance, to Norn Irn we all went
And with wisdom from nine countries, seven days we spent

Hug, Friends ...

We opened our eyes and are shocked to have found
Two halves of Northern Ireland, in this conflict they are bound
In politics in Stormont; murals painted on the walls,
Physical divisions between Shankill and the Falls

Hug, Friends ...

We opened up our minds and our hearts to fill
Guided by our speakers and by Symon Hill.
Jesus' inner strength taught us to act nonviolently
We can find this in ourselves through creativity

Hug, Friends ...

We knitted in the daytime and we sang in the night
We shared love and laughter and inner light
Some played football with a five-year old who gave huggy hugs
We had home made cookies and drank tea from muggy mugs

Hug, Friends ...

Through the week we've considered time together and alone
To be spiritually fulfilling for wherever we may roam
From our time together there are questions we ask
But we hope we have found a Shalom that will last

Hug, Friends ...