Everyone or experts – who should decide?

In a conversation with some Friends I became aware of a tension which seemed familiar. I thought about it as the difference between representation and function. There was a fear of things becoming ‘top down’. A worry that those making decisions were not hearing the views of the people on the ground. I thought this […]

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Shielded

I have been troubled this week thinking about the psychological effects of shielding.  In the present context, shielding of the vulnerable is meant to be protection against the Coronavirus and the risk of death. I may not be in the category of most vulnerable but the advice to over seventies is to stay at home. […]

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Being a Quaker

I want to be associated with Quakers, especially the British kind of Quaker. I share many if not all of the values that are commonly held by British Friends. Here is am responding in part to a blog by Rhiannon Grant (https://brigidfoxandbuddha.wordpress.com/2020/05/07/search-terms-quaker-values-as-a-unifying-force/). For me, values are not abstract but motivators for action. When I make […]

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A little bit of love goes a long way 

We were introduced to a new song at our Zoom choir rehearsal. Written by Graham Kendrick in response to the Coronavirus pandemic, it has a positive message which is there in the title. “A little bit of love goes a long, long way.” It is a song with simple lyrics and catchy tune; even in […]

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Charitable giving

Charity at its heart is a gift of love. There has been much publicity recently about people raising huge sums for Charity, Captain Tom Moore among them. However, at the same time many established charities are struggling because their usual sources are drying up. Kids Out is a local example. Christian Aid Week in May […]

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The greatest crisis?

  A question was posed in a headline the other day, is  COVID-19 the greatest crisis facing us? I wonder is the greatest crisis COVID-19, climate emergency, inequality or privilege? Well, COVID-19 is certainly a global crisis, with more than 3,000,000 infected and more to come if the reports of the likely spread to Africa are […]

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Laws of nature 

It has frequently been said in recent weeks that nature is not in ‘lockdown’. Spring keeps on happening in the gardens in our islands and globally weather continues to follow its seasonal patterns. My local law of nature, that some things succeed and others fail, continues to be operative.   The sweetcorn seeds have a […]

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Timing

  It has become very clear this week that my perception and practice of time is largely determined by the Christian calendar. This is a cultural statement, perhaps, more than a faith statement. I am aware of only one article in the news about the effect of the Coronavirus lockdown on Passover, Ramadan as well […]

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Blossom

  Spring has brought bright colours to the gardens and blossom on the trees.  The daffodils, Forsythia and Keira have been golden gifts in the small garden at home. The flowering current and now the first tulips add wonderful red to the colour palate. The pear tree has blossom and at least one of the […]

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