Not having posted articles on kiwianglo in recent weeks – owing to a vacation cruise from Singapore to the UK via India, Dubai, Greece and Barcelona – I have enjoyed freedom from the demands of my Internet activity.
However, having expensively purchased a day on the ship’s WiFi system – apart from catching up email – I have decided to post this photo, taken by my wife, Diana, in the Dubai Mall Coffee shop (Costa). We were seated next to these appropriately dressed Arab men (1 policeman and 1 estate salesman) when Diana started a coversation with them which lasted for about 20 minutes.
In the wake of the recent mosque tragedies in Christchurch, we talked about fundamentalist religion and how it affected the prospect of peaceful co-existence. They were interested in the fact that I was a priest (with a wife) and expressed their regret that religious belief was sometimes a barrier to cordial human relationships.
I think both they and we benefitted from this warm exchange.
We are attending the Roman Catholic Mass on board because there has been no accommodation made for an Anglican Eucharistic service. We have been warmly welcomed by the R.C. Celebrants and by the congregations when they found our our situation.
We wondered about the carbon footprint of our cruise, but were reminded that at least 3,300 people on board were not polluting the atmosphere back home – from all parts of the world – with whom we are enjoying meals and conversation,
We can recommend the break.
AGAPE – Cristos Anesti – Father Ron and Diana