|Women's Voices Matter quilt on Shankill Road|
Last Sunday, I visited Belfast where I attended Fitzroy Presbyterian Church. I have not attended
a Presbyterian church before but I expected the stiff and stern ways of 100 years ago when my grandma left. Not so! The service was casual and upbeat with two vocalists and a fiddle. Most of the
2 hour (yes, 2 full hours) service was about the church's sponsorship of a village in Uganda.
|This young man is a hero to some people in the Protestant housing area.|
objective, pro-peace narrator. We were unable to discern to which group he belonged. He later confided that his background was Protestant but that, when he was a boy, his grandmother had threatened to kill him herself if he got involved with the paramilitary groups.
We started at Shankill Road where William of Orange and Oliver Cromwell were heroes for their oppression of the Catholic Irish. Even after the Peace Accord, young men still fight for old and irrelevant causes.
|Then we visited Falls Road where the Catholic heroes are depicted.|
|outside of Belfast through the bus window|
Two seats are located inside the fence but no one can sit on them. It is difficult to give up our old ways of thinking and to learn acceptance and forgiveness.