Greenbelt 2008 saw OuterSpace go bigger and better.
The biggest difference was that we were generously given much larger venues for our sessions this time around, but even that didn’t stop our first session – a panel discussion – packing out so that some people were not able to get in. It is clear there is a great interest in LGBT issues amongst Greenbelt-goers and it was fantasically encouraging to see such a good turn-out for or initial meeting.
The next session we did was a Eucharist led by a vicar from Portsmouth. It was a beautiful, simple service – affirming everyone’s identity as being special and loved by God. Again, it was standing room only, but that didn’t affect what was a wonderful intimate time of reflection and worship.
As well as the Eucharist, there were two other worship sessions led by OuterSpace. The main one was a brilliant session led by Tracey and the team at the New Forms venue looking at the LGBT people who have gone before, pioneering and breaking new ground; and looking at the debt that today’s LGBT people owe them. The other session was a fun spontaneous worship event around the site where a group of OuterSpacers brightened up people’s lives with our assembled singing voices. Good fun, and some good discussions followed with lots of curious onlookers.
On Monday evening we rounded things up with a time of reflection, socialising and feedback where lots of LGBT people, with their friends and families, got together to meet each other, talk though their Greenbelt experiences and swap stories.