Blackberries

This year I have had a wonderful crop of blackberries. They have come from stems I have trained along the boundary of my allotment, which before were almost wild and widespread over the plot. I am collecting less now, but we have enjoyed blackberry and apple crumbles and made lots of jam! There have been […]

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Amos and the plumb line of truth

The prophet Amos knew how to get people’s attention. He castigated everyone else’s failings and warned of the consequences.  But then he turned on his own people and pointed to their injustices and promised judgement would fall on them.  He also used powerful images like rotten summer fruit, a plague of locusts and fire of war […]

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Healing or Repairing?

  I found myself dreaming about how to give a talk about healing. I dreamt I had to explain the difference between healing and repairing. I have no idea why that was my dream but it occupied my thoughts all through the day. When I am gathering blackberries, of which there are multitudes at the […]

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Holy Days

  We are into the school summer holidays, which has made me think of the original ‘holy’ days. What are such days for and how do we use them now? Google ‘holy days’ and the top hit will be Catholic days of obligation, when attendance at mass is expected. Often Christian holy days were set […]

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Take the next step

One of the things I love is science fiction. This week I read the trilogy by Ann Leckie, ‘Ancilliary Justice’, ‘Ancillary Sword’ and ‘Ancillary Mercy’. They are SF on a large-scale – space opera! They explore power, tyranny, justice, and what it means to be human when cloning is common and implants enable immediate communication […]

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Great Exhibition of the North

I returned to my home city this last weekend, Newcastle upon Tyne, for the Great Exhibition of the North. It was strange being a visitor in a place I used to know so well. We stayed near the Quayside which has been transformed over the last fifty years. Buses took us to the museums we […]

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