Power used wisely

The power of the sun fades as in the northern hemisphere we move through autumn towards winter. We make adjustments so we can continue to survive and thrive in the different environment. Power among people also moves and changes and we need to be aware of it shifts and how it is being used. We […]

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Metanoia

  Can someone change?  Our understanding of the universe is both of evolution, constant change, and of predictable continuity. Our understanding of human nature is similarly bifurcated, into common sense that says you ‘cannot teach an old dog new tricks’, and stories of people who have a complete transformation of character. So if it is […]

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Remembering lockdown

Remembering lockdown days: when we last saw or went or did. that early sense of quiet roads, hearing the birds and feeling still. The gift of time to rest and play that soon became the days of fear. Losing our friends, without goodbyes. The carers risks and price they paid. Uncertainty gripped us all. Keep […]

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Butterflies dancing

What lifts your spirits when you are tired, confused or angry and depressed?  Whether it is the changing of seasons, the long period of COVID-19 taking it toll, pressure from the trustees role, or just age, I don’t know, but I found myself feeling all of those things this week. I have been tired, and […]

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Do not worry

We had an interesting session reflecting on the part of the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew’s Gospel which begins, “do not worry”, and continues with the advice to “look at the birds” and “consider the lilies”. I found myself in a critical frame of mind and thought how hard it is for birds to […]

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Sunflowers

This year our family has been growing sunflowers from seeds we were given last August as part of  a seventieth birthday celebration. There is a little element of competition but mainly we are enjoying the spectacle of the plants growing taller and taller and the magnificent flowers opening. At first it seemed that they would […]

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Staying Hopeful

I have just watched the 2020 Swarthmore Lecture, ‘Openings to the Infinite Ocean: A Friendly Offering of Hope’ by Tom Shakespeare on the Woodbrooke Quaker Centre YouTube channel.* It is packed full of mainstream British Quaker Christian insights and highly relevant to our present condition. Tom is a regular contributor to Radio 4, is well […]

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Unprecedented Times

Time is a strange phenomenon, but these are unprecedented times.  However, there are some things that we know will happen, births and deaths among them. Today is my grandson’s seventh birthday. It seems like just yesterday that he was kicking his way out of the womb! He is just as lively today.  On a sadder […]

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Ending Poverty

One of the prime aims of many charities is the relief of poverty. Churches and other faith groups are often at their best when they focus on this kind of work. Giving direct aid to those in need, by providing food and shelter, is one of the most obvious signs of charity. The recent Disasters […]

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Chosen or given by grace?

This last week my meetings have been in person more than via the internet. We entertained a visitor in our garden, the first time we had shared a meal beyond family. It was an intense period of preparation followed by a relaxing time of sharing and then a little conversation about Trustee work. On another […]

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