Good morning. We’ve heard a lot about loyalty this week. When you say to someone, ‘Can I count on your support?’, the answer you dread is, ‘It depends on what you’re going to do.’ Because that answer suggests your friend has a loyalty higher than loyalty to you. They’re saying, ‘You can’t count on my support, but someone (or something) else can.’
The Eleventh Sunday after Trinity
The intriguingly named Kinky Friedman, a Jewish singer/songwriter, ran as an independent for governor of Texas in 2006. He was asked about his views on same-sex marriage. He replied, ‘I support gay marriage. I believe they have a right to be as miserable as the rest of us.’
The Tenth Sunday after Trinity
Those of you who have read the flyer, for our Autumn Lecture series will have seen that our theme is the quality of mercy. Mercy feels a slightly anachronistic word today, in a culture and political backdrop which often appears to be one of blame, hostility and increasing division.
The Ninth Sunday after Trinity
‘Boris Johnson must peddle Brexit optimism “as if he were a steroid-boosted cyclist trying to win the Tour de France” between now and October 31, key Brexiteer Jacob Rees-Mogg has argued’. ‘Johnson’s promise to prove “the doubters, the doomsters, the gloomsters” wrong, and his claim that “no one in the last few centuries has succeeded in betting against the pluck and nerve and ambition of this country”, is in exactly that vein’.
The Eighth Sunday after Trinity
Last week I took my nephew to see the production of Jesus Christ Superstar which is playing at the Barbican. It’s a great revamped production and the music, set and dancing feel fresh, dramatic and alive.