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March 01, 2009

A fun day out

Yesterday I had the fun of showing a group of my ex-students around the Gloucestershire sights, including Oddington Old Church with its Doom Painting, Bourton o the Water, Chedworth's Roman Villa, Gloucester Cathedral and the docks and finally my own Abbey. They are Shia Muslims and asked questions on everything. They showed more respect for our churches and traditions than I have seen in many local visitors and their questions on matters of faith showed a much deeper desire to understand my faith or than anything I have heard from supposedly Christian visitors.

Some of the issues they raised made me think carefully and there is a lot I will have to think on further as a result.

It was rather like having a bunch of mischievous and overgrown schoolboys with me and it was refreshing even though I ended the day late and very tired. These guys thoroughly enjoyed every new sight and experience and know how to have fun, but more importantly, how to use every opportunity open to them to learn something new. As I said, it was a fun day out.

Posted by The Gray Monk at March 1, 2009 04:24 PM

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