Fathers

A few months ago, when my son came to pick up his nine year old daughter after a sleepover at our place, she ran and jumped into his arms and exclaimed with joy and excitement, “Daddy!” The mutual love was apparent and heartwarming. In that moment, I felt both happy and sad. So happy that…

Snottin’ and Ballin’

Yesterday, on a beautiful, sunny morning, a small group of Liz Feltham’s family and friends gathered to bear witness as her husband spread her ashes in a place she loved. Later that day, a larger group gathered in a friends home, to share stories, to hear Amazing Grace played on the bagpipes, and to raise…

Dublin Labyrinth

I spent a day in Dublin after my time in Corrymeela and like a good tourist, I bought a ticket on the Big Bus Hop On Hop Off bus. I stayed on the bus the entire way around the first time, I got a great overview of the city and had a chance to decide…

Corrymeela – Day 3!

We started off today by hopping on a bus to take us to Derry/Londonderry, there is an ENTIRE political narrative to that name that I had no awareness of. We arrived at Holywell Trust and participated in a presentation/workshop with Maureen Hetherington on Peace and Patriarchy. Maureen is the Coordinator of the Junction, a community relations and…

Corrymeela – Day 2!

This morning started off with good coffee! The coffee at the hostel we stayed at in Belfast left a bit to be desired. Breakfast is a continental breakfast, eaten communally and we are encouraged not to sit with the same people at each meal time, but to connect with the many volunteers and staff who…

Corrymeela!

So ends the first day at Corrymeela, an organization in Northern Ireland dedicated to ‘transforming division through human encounter.’ Our group of fifteen women were warmly welcomed, oriented to the building and our rooms, heard about the origins and practices of Corrymeela and had lunch. We spent some time getting to know each other a…