I enjoyed visiting Belfast with my colleagues from England and Scotland as well as Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. We talked, did business and prayed together.
When visiting Belfast, people of my generation will always remember how ordinary men and women went about their lives despite the troubles. The contrasts that were there are now a little less stark.
Belfast, of course, has still acquired everyone's modern contrasts. I noticed that a housing association has its small offices directly opposite the Europa Hotel. Social challenge and opulence occupy the same space but in mutually excluding bubbles.
That's the way the modern world is.
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