In this fiftieth year, we’ve had a range of events to mark this milestone — festivals, meals, storytelling events, liturgies of prayer, liturgies of lament. Any time of celebration like this is a time to look back. There’s always a danger that remembering and commemoration can become acts of solidification, wherein we tell a story that’s too shiny, too pristine, too clean in the name of coherence. There’s also the danger of idolising the past in such a way that we fulfil Leon Uris’ famous line, “In Ireland there is no future, only the past happening over and over”. This article takes a look at the idea of the past through the lens of a text in Mark’s gospel and considers Corrymeela’s past, future and present in light of this text.