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White House Working Holiday

My sister Sally and I are having a working holiday at White House, Holy Island.

I have hacked and weeded three years' growth to create a mountain of weeds.

Each day we attend four services.  Each day I have met up with an old friend who is staying on the island.

The Community...

Posted at 13:44pm on 19th July 2019

Pilgrims From Thames To Forth Bridge

What a joy to celebrate Sally Steen's seventieth birthday with her family and friends from her Burmese charity work and The Community of Aidan and Hilda.  We embarked at Westminster Pier on an Edwardian cruiser, saw London's sights accompanied by musicians and a delicious lunch.  One guest got me a...

Posted at 06:04am on 12th July 2019

Norwegian Vows On St. Cuthbert's Island

Frode Felbraten led a group of clergy and church members from the Lillesand Deanery in Norway to walk St. Cuthbert's Way and learn at The Open Gate more about the role of the Medvandrer (soul friend).  We accompanied Else to St. Cuthbert's Isle where I received her vows as a...

Posted at 08:17am on 5th July 2019

Do Not Cause Others To Stumble By Our Use Of Social Media


Luke's Gospel tells us (9:51-62) that many people wanted to follow Jesus and his call to live for God's kingdom, but because they had never examined their own unspoken priorities these hi-jacked them from remaining followers of The Way.

I am deeply saddened when someone in our world-wide community, who, before...

Posted at 16:24pm on 28th June 2019

Annual Gathering - The Next 25 Years

I joined seventy others at the Annual Gathering of The Community of Aidan and Hilda at Yarnfield Centre, Staffs., to celebrate our first twenty five years. Representatives from  Ireland, Norway, South Africa and USA joined us.   I  gave a power point presentation starting with my visit to Holy Island...

Posted at 08:16am on 21st June 2019

A New Fire Of London

 Last Thursday I accompanied 17 clergy from Kristiansand deanery on their coach and lectured, and celebrated Holy Communion  with their dean at St Aidan’s Bamburgh, facilitated by the  new vicar Louise.  Then they walked the island pilgrim posts and got to know the Open gate staff.

On Friday I met with...

Posted at 09:53am on 13th June 2019

The Way

 I have been unwell - hence there was no blog last week. 

Yesterday I accompanied 16 clergy from Kristiansand, Norway and we celebrated a Eucharist at St. Aidan's Church, Bamburgh, where Aidan died. Haken Borgenvik, the leader of our (Anamcara) community in Norway led the group.  Today they walked the Holy...

Posted at 15:51pm on 5th June 2019

A Pilgrim Guide


I have agreed to an unusual request: to be a pilgrim guide by email to someone who takes a three month sabbatical visiting pilgrim sites in UK and emails me questions. Here are four examples.

1)    My pilgrim starts at the tomb of England’s King Edward...

Posted at 20:34pm on 24th May 2019

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
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