Friday, 10 December 2010
Tonight we were transported to the modern day Holy Land to consider an issue that has been talked about for thousands of years and which is still as relevant now as it was when the angels appeared to the shepherds. Tonight was all about Peace.
At that first nativity the angels gathered above the hillsides of Bethlehem proclaiming peace on earth, goodwill to all, while the people of Israel lived under Roman occupation in far from peaceful conditions. Our hosts for tonight reminded us that this is an area which is still not peaceful as the conflict and occupation of Gaza continues to be a source of unrest.
Local poet Naomi Foyle came along to read some of her poems and to inform us all a little more about the situation.
We were also visited by a local BBC news team who did a live broadcast from the hut just before 7pm allowing us to talk a bit about the way the Beach Hut Advent Calendar aims to remind people of the real meaning of Christmas as well as giving the people of Brighton & Hove a chance to be creative in homage to a creator God.
Next hut is just three huts along from where we were tonight at number 195.