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… Continue reading Full Circle – Advice to young recruits on hot topics
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… Continue reading Shrove Tide
This book is written by an American Evangelical Quaker. So there are a number of things that need tackling before getting into the book. I have learnt that while Quakers are often seen in this country as liminal to Christian orthodoxy in the US they come in two varieties. There are those who are theologically… Continue reading Sacred Compass: The Spiritual Way of Discernment by J Brent Bill
past the water channel that marks the boundary of the arrow-grass salt marsh we finally step out onto mudflats then awkwardly hop about as we remove clumsy boots tie laces together and hang them from our packs then roll our trousers above the knee in preparation for the traverse cautiously we move trying to avoid… Continue reading Pilgrim Path
When I am walking a long distance path I do not aspire to get lost. I am happy to take my time over the journey but actually getting lost at best means it will take longer and at worst is dangerous. To this end I use multiple navigation techniques: Waymarking – that is keeping a… Continue reading On straying and finding the trail
This is initial thinking and it is not simple. Firstly, one of the big shocks of my thesis was that the Reformed Spirituality is instinctively Green. It is really weird because the people who are most surprised by this are the Reformed. The idea that getting out into the natural world is good for the… Continue reading Solitary Walking – a Reformed Spiritual Practice?
You think the right colour to paint a church is blue Your Church sells Marmalade to raise money Your Church has a walking group On receiving an important document you first proof read it You regularly make soup in large quantities Psalm 23 is ok but nothing compared with the Scottish Psalters version of Psalm… Continue reading You May be United Reformed If
I have not written for ages on this blog. I simply have been too full with my thesis but something has started bugging me and I think it is time I put it up. I have been reading quite a few Puritan writers on or off over the last couple of years and I am… Continue reading The Positively Attentional Living
I do not call myself a pacifist, my great grandfather was a pacifist, he would rather be beaten and his family’s income stolen than actual defend himself. That takes guts and strength of will. I am not saying I do not have it, but I do not feel that until there you genuinely know your… Continue reading Pacifist tendencies but…..
I am struggling with something and I am well aware that if I were to post my response by the posts that are there people will think it uncaring. However today a second source got me thinking more widely and I think I need to put this down before I forget. I follow the devotions… Continue reading God will protect