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Economics Of Good And Evil


Today I join Haddington Serious Book Club.  We explore Thomas Sedlacek’s Economics of Good and Evil with a foreword by Vaclav Havel. Sedlacek looks for a rationale of economics in some six texts through human history.

 The earliest known writing is The Epic of Gilgamesh. This narrative of humanity is...

Posted at 09:49am on 17th May 2019

Springfield Seminarians - A Breath Of Fresh Air



This week I am tutor in residence to students from the AOG Theological Seminary, Springfield, USA, led by Dr. Debbie Gill, who has outstanding gifts.  They are at The Open Gate on Holy Island.  I have to give eleven lectures on Ancient Celtic Christianity and current Neo-Monastic Movements.


Posted at 07:33am on 10th May 2019

Ideal, Ordeal, New Deal: Urban Changemakers And Cah

Ash Barker brought Urban Change-makers to The Open Gate, Holy Island, for a training week-end.  These guys, who are employed by local organisations,  are turning things round in some of Britain's toughest areas. Several had witnessed recent knife-crimes. Ash set up Urban Change-makers in order to give them support and...

Posted at 06:52am on 3rd May 2019

Anzac Day Healing Of Wounded Memories

I was heartened to receive this report from Heather Johnston in Queensland:

At the CA&H  conference at the Green House in 2013 which happened to coincide with Anzac Day we had a public service to remember the Frontier Wars.  This was a bit radical as it wasn't really even acceptable to...

Posted at 13:51pm on 24th April 2019

St. Ebbe And Seder Soup


It was a delight to meet with my friend Chris Lane who was staying on Holy Island. Chris has a PhD but has chosen to plant a church in a poor housing estate. SCM Press are to re-publish that classic book on indigenous mission  by Vincent Donovan, and have asked...

Posted at 16:53pm on 19th April 2019

Ireland’s Emerging Inner Pilgrims


 Ireland has its own Camino.  Five of its twelve Pilgrim Paths, each named after a local saint, are now fully signed and certificated and form the Camino. You can read all about this on

 St. Declan’s Path, from Cashel to Ardmore, where Declan had his monastery before St. Patrick and...

Posted at 10:22am on 11th April 2019

Replacing The' Games People Play' With The 'inner Game'

I hosted a morning Lent quiet day for licensed church workers this week.  We explored 'The Games People Play' (based on psychiatrist  Eric Berne's book of that title, which revolve around aspects of our ego.  The child in us uses everyone for our gratification. The parent in us uses eveeryone...

Posted at 18:45pm on 4th April 2019

National Mindfulness And Birmingham Change-makers


Central Hall Edinburgh was packed for last Saturday's National Mindfulness Day for Christians.  It was promoted by Christian Mindfulness UK,  in partnership with the Mind and Soul foundation, the Forward Foundation and CWR.  I spoke on Spiritual Formation and a Way of Life on behalf of The Community of Aidan...

Posted at 09:01am on 29th March 2019

A Tour With Saint Cuthbert

I  drove for six hours to East Anglia a week ago. Saint Cuhbert's Day was March 20; Saint Cuthbert's Sunday was March 17, which is also my sister Sally's birthday. On Sunday morning I spoke to Saint Cuthbert's Church, Sprowston, and its sister church in Norwich for  a united service. ...

Posted at 20:58pm on 22nd March 2019

What I've Done This Week


Welcome to many new Facebook Friends.  May you be fit for purpose and find what you are looking for.

Whitby smoked kippers claim to be the best.  I purchased two to deliver to Open Gate catering manager Jutta to thank her for baking a feast of cookies for me to share...

Posted at 08:21am on 15th March 2019
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