When’s the last time you dared to dream? We had 8 Christian and Muslim girls doing just that at our poetry workshop today. See what Sapphire Griffith, one of the youth who attended, has to say:
Today, I attended a poetry workshop with “The Hummingbird” (Amanda Hemmings-poet) called “I have a dream”.
When I first heard about The Feast, I didn’t know what to expect. I had been told about what they did and what it was about, but I wanted to experience it for myself. My aunt invited me to a 3-day poetry workshop event, and I thought it would be a good idea for me to take part in the event, especially as it was free and I knew someone that was going.
We talked about our different faiths and what we personally believed in. It gave me the chance to explore my faith (Christianity) and what other people of the same faith’s views were. It also gave me the chance to learn about the Muslim faith and how similar it was to Christianity in some ways. I was pleased to see that everyone was co-operating well and involving themselves in the discussions. I felt comfortable discussing my views on Christianity, but when I first walked in, I felt a little scared because I was the only person not from Birmingham. However, everyone was friendly and easy to get along with. Everyone treated each other with respect and we all had a good time.
We discussed our future dreams and ambitions, and I realised how important my future is to me. I’ve always thought about my future, but after the first day of the workshop, I really began to contemplate on what my future looks like in my eyes. Everyone has an idea of what they want to be when they grow older but to get there, some changes may have to be made.
In my opinion, The Feast is an excellent way to learn not just about what different faiths believe, but also the similarities between them. It is also a good way for young people to make new friends, explore each other’s faiths in a sensible manner, recognise their own/each others talents, and learn new skills that will/may benefit them in the future. I really enjoyed myself and I am excited to come along tomorrow!
I think I might take up poetry properly instead of having it as just a hobby …
By Sapphire Griffith