Earth’s Traffic

On the day when the first delivery of shale gas arrived in Scotland, and when I met with a group to prepare worship for a Sunday when we focus on wrestling with injustice*, and in particular human trafficking#, I wrote this poem. Earth’s traffic When walking was the only way to cross the earth by […]

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We dedicate ourselves

  1. When we gather in this place, see each other face to face, then we recognise it’s true that all can serve. We all have a part to play, serve each other day by day, so we make our call to you, Will you serve too? Will you promise to be faithful as you […]

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Wordless

Wordless For someone who loves words it seems strange to write about the value of silence. But two experiences this week, one positive and one negative, make clear why I value both words and silence so much. I was at Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre (see www.woodbrooke.org.uk) twice this last week and both times spend a […]

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Spirit

Spirit What inspires people to go beyond what they thought was possible? Where does inspiration for new ideas come from? Why do some people keep on hoping in the face of despair? When Quakers gather together for worship in silence, what happens? How are communities changed and transformed? There are many metaphors used to offer […]

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What about Jesus?

What about Jesus? I think there is enough evidence to hold the belief that Jesus of Nazareth lived and died in the first century of the Common Era. Most of the evidence comes from the writings of Christians, both within the canon of the Bible and other writings. That most of these writings are testimony […]

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If I were to speak of God

God ‘Being’, presence’, ‘force’, none of these are what I mean if I use the term ‘God’. I do not think that ‘God’ is ‘a being’, perhaps ‘being’ itself is more helpful as it encapsulates all that is but suggests something more than mere matter or force. ‘Ground of our being’ was a phrase used […]

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Children

Children This last weekend I enjoyed the company of my two youngest grandchildren. Idris is three and Seren is nearly one. We were looking after them while their parents went to a friend’s wedding. This was the first time we had sole responsibility for both of them. What a learning experience! What a joy! We […]

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Wrestling with Power

Wrestling with Power Thee have been reminders in the news this week of the abuse of power particularly by men. In my own experience I am having to wrestle with the power I have as well as the feeling of powerlessness to bring about change. The headline in my paper yesterday was “Violent crimes against […]

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