A YURT was erected in the nave of Sunderland Minster, in
Durham diocese, on Palm Sunday, and was there
throughout Holy Week as a special place for meeting and prayer.
Yurts - circular tents based on the portable (and well-insulated)
homes of Central Asian nomads - have become increasingly familiar
in recent years, their size and shape suggesting a place of
hospitality and a symbol of journeying or pilgrimage.
"In the hustle and bustle of daily life," the Revd Martin
Anderson said during the week, "we need a focal point to focus on
God. People find the use of the yurt unusual and dynamic, and it's
exciting. In a yurt, there is no hovering on the threshold or
sitting on the fence: you are either 'in' or 'out', and that has
great symbolism for our relationship with God also."
The Provost, Canon Sheila Bamber, said that they had been
encouraging people to join them as they prayed for the city and the
world, in the context of marking the journey of Christ through Holy
Week and beyond.