Today the Irish Council of Churches Executive Committee meeting took place in the Shankill area of Belfast. We met people who ere grown up there, and people from churches.
And old lady brought it to a point: It wasn’t the people who left the churches: the churches left the people as they only counted the churchgoers and weren’t interested in their hard daily life. Nowadays some of the churches are successful in youth working, bringing hope in this area. I was reminded of George McLeod, founder of the Iona Community.
A former fighter accompanied us on a tour. He is part of a project changing the murals to more hopeful pictures. It was great there!