Greenbelt is a major fixture in the British Christian calendar and this year saw its 40th birthday. A four-day festival of music, arts, literature, theology and worship, it attracts people from all backgrounds and traditions and from across the UK. It’s a great opportunity to catch up with old friends, hear some great speakers and musicians, as well as experiencing new things.
Last year, a small number of Matryoshka Haus people camped together – this year there were more and it seemed as though we’d been a lot more intentional in making this a community event. Shannon spoke at the CMS Kitchen, Caz was busy filming, Liz wrote reviews for the Church Times and the others made the most of a varied programme (and a very well-stocked beer tent – the Jesus Arms).
The great things about Greenbelt are the people you meet and the discussions you end up having. A testament to the thoughts provoked was the debate that continued in the car all the way home, after thought-provoking talks on feminist theology as well as experiences of the atheist ‘Sunday Service’. It was a great time of networking as well as having some quality time all together, away from the usual pressures of London life.
As an added bonus, the weather was pretty well-behaved, with no repeat of the quagmires of last year!