Upper Room Blog
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
I’m in a period of grieving and mourning and I came across this in Celtic Daily Prayer vol 2. I think it could be adapted for use in a corporate service such as All Souls too: Into My Grieving I weave the strength of the Father. Into my grieving I weave the compassion of the […]Read Full Blog Post
Internal peace is a little hard to come by at present for me, and so I loved this when I came across it as there is a peace in nature, and in letting go, that is helpful The Peace of Wild Things BY WENDELL BERRY When despair for the world grows in me and I […]Read Full Blog Post
Learning & discomfort
In terms of how I’m made and wired, I am definitely a pioneer. My pioneer selection process discerned that I had been starting new things, doing things in new ways, or doing things that weren’t supposed to be possible, for most of my life. And whilst I love that and enjoy it hugely, it […]Read Full Blog Post
Often in times of trouble, the Psalms completely kill it in terms of expressing how we feel but somewhat guiltily – we often don’t find it easy to express all the negativity that comes with pain. The Psalms truly strip back any polite veneer and share the raw pain and confusion of betrayal, vengeance and […]Read Full Blog Post
May cause offense/should cause offence?
I’ve been thinking about this for a while and it hasn’t gone away so maybe it’s worth sharing. It could be offensive to anyone of a catholic persuasion, and it could be offensive and triggering for anyone who has been abused. So I apologise as it is not my purpose to be offensive but to […]Read Full Blog Post