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faith Personal Reflection piety Social Engagement spirituality

So what is so holy about being poor?

This is a late addition to a series of posts I made and it is in response to Bishop Philip North’s Hope for the Poor which he gave at New Wine in August. It is a good piece of writing and thought-provoking. I am for urban ministry and if you got this far in this […]

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piety Reformed Practical Piety Social Engagement spirituality Uncategorised

The Myth of Theocracy

Let me start by saying what this is not about. It is not another debugging of the idea that there existed theocracies anywhere in the world, be it Geneva under Calvin, Scotland under Knox or the Pilgrim Father’s in America. I do not believe they thought that they had a theocracy; it is what others […]

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Church piety spirituality theology

Ethnographic Reflection on Praying the Rosary

 Background I have been attending St Matthews Carver Street at the evening (6 pm) Mass. I suspect it is done partly as it gives a time the priest can be quite contemplative while praying the Mass and partly so members of St Matthew’s Carver Street who cannot make the morning Mass have another opportunity. Whatever […]

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faith Personal Reflection Social Engagement spirituality

Full Circle – Advice to young recruits on hot topics

I see the enthusiasm of young people for hot topics: Climate Change, Politics, Immigration etc. I admire it, wish I was not so tired myself but… Over twenty years ago, pre-new Labour, I sat in the Chapter House in Iona late September. The week was the first ever JPIC week. If you are wondering what […]

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poetry

Jack the Hunter

As the swallows gather on telephone wires I wake out of my summer slumber and start to trace the lines of the breeze while I drift among the trees cupping the leaves within my hands I  breathing on them turning this one red and that one yellow they remain a while glowing in autumn sun […]

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poetry

South Rhins

I turn south at the isthmus and move into the fog-laden peninsula as I approach scavenging rooks rise from roadkill carcass trees grasp overhead as the road clambers onto the ridge the curlews call from below along the rock-strewn shoreline while in single road villages fuchsias flower on flat-topped walls sparrow crowds cling feeding on […]

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List Making

In the time that does not exist between me getting in and having to be out I am planning a list of jobs that I will postpone. This poem I published in  “Scissors, Paper, Shadow, Stone” a collection of prose and poetry from Broomspring Writers in 2012

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poetry spirituality

Shrove Tide

Between the lighting of a candle and the beating of batter, at the barren bound time when the cold iron air hits the hard flint earth a spark is created that will light the spring fire of the coming year. This poem I published in  “Everything Looks Green From Here” a collection of prose and […]

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poetry

Ice Ages

Sprite child on sighting snow dances with delight at a miracle not seen before each precious flake hoarded to build an eight inch snowman Students delight in time out of school, vying to build the best igloo or using compressed handfuls in their own power struggles Adult involved in balancing complex priorities, choosing between the […]

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poetry

Deer

Seaward driven by winter’s hunger twig thieving from a barren hedge our headlights capture you a frightened harbinger of snow. I published  a different version of this poem in  “Everything Looks Green From Here” a collection of prose and poetry from Broomspring Writers in 2010