Healing and Wholeness

Friday 13 July 2018

This weekend, Ali Lyon and I are leading a session at the Parish Away Day entitled ‘Healing, Wholeness and Holiness: many branches: one vine?’

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I wish we’d all been ready

Friday 6 July 2018

My dad’s death at only 73 was very sudden. In a warm condolence letter, one of his medical colleagues reflected on the countless deaths he’d witnessed and admitted that he still couldn’t say which type of death and associated grief he would choose.

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In(ter)dependence Day

Friday 29 June 2018

Wednesday is US Independence Day, celebrated with barbecues, (cold) beer, fireworks and Thomas Jefferson’s stirring words about ‘life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’

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The Goal

Friday 22 June 2018

It’s always a tense experience watching England play football. This year everyone has tried to play down the hype and stress the unity and youth of the team and a realistic optimism. But you can still sense the readiness for national soul searching and despair just beneath the surface should they fail.

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A Quiet Conversation

Friday 15 June 2018

Like much of the country, I have been transfixed by the opening stages of the Grenfell Tower Inquiry. I was struck by one report in particular last week – an account by a BBC journalist of an impromptu encounter between an unnamed victim of the fire and the inquiry’s chairman, Sir Martin Moore-Bick.

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Friday 8 June 2018

Last week we had the privilege of hearing the legendary folk singer and human rights campaigner Joan Baez at the Royal Albert Hall.

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Listening to our Shadows

Friday 1 June 2018

Let me recommend a US public radio program: ‘On Being’. Created by journalist and theologian, Krista Tippett, it offers ‘intelligent conversation about religion, meaning, and moral imagination’.

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Seeing People Through a Different Lens

Friday 25 May 2018

I hate being told what to do. Even though I am old enough to know better, teenage rebellion rises in me if I’m advised to increase my pension contributions, or drink less coffee – and I am sure I’m not alone.

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Friday 18 May 2018

Han van Meegeren held a grudge. The art establishment had failed to recognise his genius, so he duped the critics by painting the perfect forgery.

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