Updates: Re-constructing Ikon and LGBT, Faith and Church Report

image I spent most of last week at or preparing for the conference of the European Sociological Association in Geneva. During that time, there have been some useful follow-ups to two stories I’ve discussed recently on this blog:

Ikon at Greenbelt: Reconstructing the Deconstruction

In this post, I pieced together Ikon’s performance at Greenbelt, using the texts of the various reflections which were posted on their blog. Since then, Ikon has posted more images from the event, including photos of the striking paper costumes designed by Jayne McConkey. The image above shows Lindsey Mitchell, whose position at the old-school style typewriter was the visual centrepiece of the performance. Ben Jones was the photographer.

In my post, I did not mention Ikon’s pre-Greenbelt request of its Twitter followers, to write their story of God in one tweet (140 characters). These stories were projected onto a screen at the start of the event and printed versions were distributed to people as gifts as they exited. Ikon has now posted these tweets on their blog. A few of my favourites include:


in an upside down world God taught me how to stand on my hands.


“We are trees in a story about a forest. But the story of the forest is better than the story of the tree.”


I asked god to take his things and leave, but from time to time I hear rustling from the under the stairs. Hope it’s him


“I’m holding you back” says he.“But I won’t leave you behind!” says me. He insisted and I left God for dead at the side of the road

And finally this one:


Just came on to twitter to check out #ikonstory. Decided I don’t have one. I hope this doesn’t count.

LGBT Communities’ Experience of Faith and Church in Northern Ireland Report

I blogged about the launch of this report. Unfortunately I couldn’t attend myself, because it took place on 7 September, when I was away. But blogger Alan in Belfast provided some excellent coverage of the event, including interviews with the Irish Peace Centres’ Pádraig Ó Tuama, and the report’s researchers, Dr Claire Mitchell and Dr Gail McConnell.

He also recorded the address of Rev David Kerr, a former President of the Irish Methodist Conference, who responded to the report, noting that Kerr:

also conjectured whether the church needed to define “a bare minimum of absolutes [in order to] live with diversity”.


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