Liturgy of the Tip, or The Harrowing of Hell
Inspired by someone who doesn’t go to church who described the liturgy of visiting the tip (recycling centre!) on a Sunday morning. Just having moved house following a marriage break up, I am well acquainted with this liturgy and it has been a very moving experience. Queuing to get in and find a spot at […]Read Full Blog Post
Mourning our infidelity The article above is worth a read, by Elaine Storkey, on the Philip North / Sheffield issues. However in the comments was raised an important matter I wanted to explore so I have posted it here below. It discusses the process and the mechanics of making something work inside the church […]Read Full Blog Post
This is a lovely blog post that made my heart lift a little, just for the relief of being understood for a moment. If you pioneer, you’ll probably have experienced this too. http://pioneer.churchmissionsociety.org/2017/03/02/5-issues-facing-pioneers-today/#comment-80484Read Full Blog Post
So there has been a bit of a ding dong about the nomination of Bishop Philip North as the next Diocesan Bishop of Sheffield. I waded into it a little unwittingly yesterday after reading a blog post from Rev Sue Walmersley, (below) a priest in the Diocese of Sheffield, Sheffield Speaking Out—What Do We Want? What […]Read Full Blog Post
God answering prayer
Great piece on God answering prayer this morning on Facebook by Pete Greig. so good I’ve copied it in full here: Pete Greig 25 February at 14:05 · When Jimmy Carter was president he also ran The White House tennis rota. God, in my experience, is not like that. He refuses to micromanage the universe. […]Read Full Blog Post
HUSH this evening at the Upper Room 7.30pm-8.30pm. An hour of silence by candlelight. Come and rest, breathe and heal from the busyness and anxiety of life.Read Full Blog Post
What was good about 2016?
I know it’s been a grim year on the world stage and here in the UK. The refugee crisis, the war in Syria, the Brexit vote in the UK and the election of Donald Trump in the US possibly eclipse any other apocalyptic news cycle in my memory at least. Added to that, the deaths […]Read Full Blog Post
Christmas Day message
Someone who heard it asked me to publish my brief Christmas Day talk so here it is: What does the manner of Jesus’ coming teach us? He comes as a child, to teach us to be childlike. To wonder. To imagine. To create and be playful. To be innocent – not cynical or manipulative, not […]Read Full Blog Post
Saying Thank you
I don’t know what it is about Advent but it always nudges me towards thankfulness, to reviewing the year and remembering those who blessed and supported me. It’s been quite a year, what with a marriage break up, house move and priesting, and I am so aware that God has been present to me through […]Read Full Blog Post
Where’s the Love?
This is so beautiful and I’m sure we’ve all felt this in recent months and wondered where we’re headed as the human race. I would love it if this was shown in churches and we considered how to love and bless and reconcile more, and how to lay down our instinctual ‘us and them’ protective […]Read Full Blog Post