Books and buildings

Friday was eventful. At the Meeting House a new carpet was being laid in the Large Meeting Room, while in the space next to it a bookcase was being put in place, and just outside, the porch roof was being plastered! These are the latest events in the gradual refurbishment of the Meeting House to […]

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Together but different

Leighton Linslade is an expanding town, and the population mix is increasing in diversity. Can we find ways of creating a community which celebrates our differences?  One of the features of a Christian community is, or ought to be, the overcoming of the usual barriers that divide us, such as age, class, race, ability, gender, […]

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Recording and Transcribing

This has been a week of recording and transcribing Focus Groups as part of my  research into the place of Jesus amongst contemporary British Quakers. There have been fascinating responses to the question, ‘Is Jesus an important figure in your life? Perhaps most interesting are the explanations given for the response ‘it varies’ as opposed […]

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Transforming moments

There have been some really precious moments that have transformed this week. I have been interviewing as part of my MA research, and there was a rather special one this week. It was fascinating and also a pleasure, not only for me but also for the interviewee. Learning about how someone thinks about and understands […]

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Planet earth

Gaia hung in the transept of the cathedral. Revolving slowly it revealed its incredible beauty. Viewing it from below meant that the reality of Earth’s geography was plain to see. The Southern Hemisphere is largely ocean and Africa is huge! The areas not covered by cloud were also obvious, including Australia, and a huge swathe […]

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That’s the spirit!

In everyday conversation we seem to know what we are talking about when we say ‘spirit’, as in “That’s the spirit.” But in a dictionary there are over twenty different meanings for spirit or spirits. They range from soul to alcohol, from the supernatural to conscience, and from enthusiasm to ghosts. When it appears with […]

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