Dave Magee [Echo
: Belfast, Northern Ireland] gets his caffiene fix with us
welcome to our virtual coffee shop. Pull up a chair, take the load of
your feet. Let's chat.
who are you, where you from, what do you do in life?
I am fortunate enough to work for Echo, a group set up by the City-centre
clergy fellowship in Belfast, to engage with the local club culture. we
run a fortnightly 'godspace' called 'God's secret garden'
I get you a drink? Cappucino, earl grey, dandelion and burdock, pale ale?
most likely coffee, i'm an addict. but it depends on the time of day
and what i've already had. six coffees a day is enough for anyone!
you like a doughnut or pastry to go with that?
white chocolate a raspberry scone, from clements, botannic ave, belfast.
if you had to describe the church/project/experiment/thingy you are currently
involved with in one sentence, what would that sentence be?
a nervous attempt to create christian community in a culture that is trying
to escape the fallout of generations of manipulative and enslaving religious
you an instigator? / new recruit? / have absolutely no recollection of
how you got involved?
I've been employed as team leader since the beginning (two years ago),
we also have another part-time member of staff, Jonny Baker (not the famous
one, but it depends who you know i suppose)
do you value most about being part of it?
the freedom and trust the clergy have in us. they dont understand the
culture, they often dont understand us, but they trust that we are following
God and trying to do the right things (even though sometimes we dont,
but dont tell them that!).
excites you most about it?
When people come together. It's amazing to see people come together. People
from different mindsets, different backgrounds, different experiences.
Two years ago there was nothing and now this project is part of peoples'
spiritual sustinence. That excites me and terrifies me all at once!
anyone ever turned up out of the blue not knowing what to expect?
What did they say?
Yeah they did. It was this bloke, who turned out to be very clever, and
very nice too. I think he turned up out of curiosity with a little bit
of cynicism and suspicison, by the time he left i think he was surprised
about the simplicity of it all, that we were ordinary folk, and not a
bunch of wierdos.
words that describe your attitude to 'being church' in the big wide world:
materialistic, small, insecure
words that DON'T:
successful, big, talented
have this weird dream - you meet Jesus face to face.
Where does it happen, what does he say to you?
wow, what a question! I think he bumps into me when i'm walking somewhere
around Belfast, up near the University area, near the pubs and clubs.
He doesnt need to introduce himself to me, I know who he is already. I
think he says to me: 'You're okay. I like you. You havent lost it. I still
love you.' I dont think i could cope with any more than that.
the big secret you're itching to share with everyone?
I dont think there is a secret. At least, i havent found it yet! If you
know it, tell me!
would your 'emerging church survival kit' contain?
Plasters for wounds, lots of ointment for grazes, and bandages to hold
together broken people. If you're in the world you're gonna get hurt.
Be ready for it, but do it anyway.
else you'd like to share with us before you have to rush off?
our blog - echoesofathenianidols.blogspot.com;
an attempt to keep a journal of the journey we're on.
Good to see you. Have a good day!