Rewilding the Church; Reconnecting with nature to discover the Sacred
Well that went fast. It appears the summer sun just packed her bags and left in the middle of the night! Thankfully, she has left her gentle, younger cousin to encourage and guide our autumnal preparations and gatherings. She is weaker, as she does not get the long performance season of the summer sun who,Continue reading “Building Connections”
It’s funny how slow activities can feel frivolous, indulgent even. I often think that about writing or preparing a service: some things need time to percolate. Perhaps that’s why I relate to #craftivism ‘the art of gentle protest’: https://craftivist-collective.com/. It is a form of activism that seeks to draw in those who may be quieterContinue reading “The Mighty Canary”
For the past week, I have been thinking about community: not surprising you might think for a Minister! But it would seem the more I am drawn into silence and solitude, the greater my awareness of others- those I seek to serve. There is a mystical element to Jesus, something intangible, yet entirely rooted inContinue reading “Intangible truth”
It is at this time of year that many of us long to ‘escape’ or dream of somewhere different, other: a holiday. Yet now it’s normal to hear the stress of booking some time away (both in the UK and overseas). Costs are high, guidance is ever changing, and uncertainty looms large over our idea’sContinue reading “Children of the stars”
Like many people I enjoy the process of writing or jotting down my thoughts and find it beneficial in my spiritual journey. As a visual person I am not only affected by my immediate environment, but, also in the innumerable photographs I take along the way. As many of you know It was one ofContinue reading “Hopeful Shadows”
It has been over four decades since I first felt a sense of call. I would have been about 4 yrs. old and was starting school for the first time at a tiny Catholic primary. Blazers, knee high socks and even those structured berets with ribbon trim were part of the high uniform standards. InContinue reading “Ruach”
All week I have had the Ascension in my head: it is of course that time of year as we move out with the disciples into the brave new world that signalled the birth of the church. But beyond the bold narrative of Jesus ascending into heaven there has been much romanticised and less thanContinue reading “The Ascent”
It was a gloriously sunny afternoon when I headed down (or up) the steep track that led to the temporary abode of a church member. The day had started as unpromising as many of the cold and damp days of early May before it, and I was expecting a chill wind. Many of us haveContinue reading “The Unmetalled Road”
It always seems a surprise to get to this point in the Liturgical year and still be referring to Easter: this Sunday will be the Fifth Sunday of Eastertide as we wend our way to Pentecost (but not before we journey through Easter six and seven, with Ascension Sunday nestled between them). It turns outContinue reading “Easter Spring tide”
There is a moment when you stand on the shore, having left the comfort of the beach camp and before you’re truly swimming, where you are between worlds: fearing the cold of the water and missing the familial warmth and comfort of the sand – at least that is how one person described the conceptContinue reading “Liminality of grace”
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