Worship

I am responding, though not directly, to a blog about worship in the context of the revision of Quaker faith & practice. See https://transitionquaker.blogspot.com Worship, I think,  is opening oneself to the wonder and challenge of the world around and within, everything from the vastness of the cosmos, to the presence of others, to the depths of […]

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The Old Song Book

In the forty days of preparation for Easter, the season of Lent starting on 26th February, Churches Together are going to be looking at the old songs of the Bible, the Psalms. There are 150 Psalms collected in the Book of that name and others scattered through the Bible. They have been inspiring and comforting people […]

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Lily James

Recently, I have enjoyed watching three films in which Lily James has starred:- Mama Mia: here we go again, Yesterday, and The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. They are, on the one hand, enjoyable romcoms, which is what I have needed these last few weeks. But they also begin to open up some […]

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Flu

It is strange having the flu when the news all round the world is about coronavirus. I have not been to Wuhan, nor come into contact with anyone with that virus. But the flu I had was bad enough. It made me think not just about the protective measures to prevent the spread of the […]

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Colours

I have been reminded this week about the attachments we make to colours. They do not remain neutral, but take on memories, emotions and prejudices. I wrote last week about a book I find helpful at times of stress, The Lord of the Rings. One of my favourite characters, apart from the Hobbits of course, […]

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An empty chair

Sometimes it seems we can’t all sit down together in unity around the table. Though the days between the saints days of Peter and Paul, 18th and 25th January, are set aside by the Churches  for prayer for unity, the sadness for me is that we are not united. Christians are divided by beliefs and practices, by historical […]

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Rings

There were times in my working life when I used to read Lord of the Rings each year to counteract my feelings of being low. When the stresses became too much and the frustrations built to a climax, I would turn to the story told by J. R. R. Tolkein of the Rings. He wrote […]

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You are what you choose

“You are what you choose.” These wise words were spoken to Harry Potter by the headmaster of Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, Albus Dumbledore. In some ways they echo the teaching of Jesus of Nazareth in what is often referred to as The Sermon on the Mount.  Strange isn’t it, the influences on our […]

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The graves are full

It has been known for decades that existing burial grounds will soon be full. With the increased demand for ‘green burials’ even the new ‘natural burial’ sites are filling up rapidly. Cremation, which once became all the rage, is now seen as an environmental threat, adding to air pollution and global warming. The British Government […]

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No one is too small to make a difference

I have been inspired by reading Greta Thunberg’s little book of speeches.  She has a way of speaking simply, and directly challenging us, particularly adults. She is very self-aware and knows what she can do and does it. She is an inspiration to millions and a threat to many leaders of our world. For someone […]

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