Faith and Politics

Faith is not just about beliefs it is about how we live. Faith changes the ways in which we make decisions and what actions we take. Faith is often associated with particular values, such as truth, or honesty or integrity and may lead to peace-making, non-violence, or disarmament. A simple life-style may also be a […]

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It is mine! Or is it?

Two experiences this week have made me think about property and ownership.  At the monthly Bible Study we looked at the parable of the labourers in the vineyard. It is often regarded as a difficult parable. Why does it finish with the phrase ‘the first will be last and the last first’? What does that […]

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Children are human, so are adults

It was good to work alongside a group of volunteer gardeners this week. Two were in their twenties and the rest of us were in our sixties and seventies. The age spread made no difference to the way we worked. There were, however, differences in experience. One older participant did not have a mobile phone, […]

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Working together in harmony

After only three weeks of rehearsal this term, the Grand Union Community Choir performed with the Luton Concert Orchestra. We sang with them Finlandia (Sibelius), a selection from Les Miserables, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory. Our own pieces were an Alleluia by Mozart and “Puttin on the Ritz”. We also performed a world premier […]

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Homelessness

Jesus appears in the Gospels as an itinerant, homeless teacher. He is supported mainly by gifts from a group of women. When he sends his disciples on their mission he tells them not to take extra clothing but to seek hospitality wherever they visit. When someone says they will follow him he reportedly says, “Foxes […]

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De-Cluttering the Mind

I am back to clearing stuff from the study. A few more books have gone and more paper has been shredded. Now I am working my way through diaries. The earliest are from the 1960s, covering my years at Essex University.They don’t contain much of interest. But here and there are one or two words […]

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