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Bathsheba's Advice

Bathsheba's advice

 Beware Great Men.

My dear Solomon, so wise – so many women.

Where's the wisdom in that?

My beloved David, so great, so generous – so many concubines

But he wanted me and would have it right or wrong.

Where's the greatness in that?

And I am...

Posted at 10:56am on 21st September 2020

Open Gate And Covid

In Norway a lot of people want a change, but few want to change


Posted at 16:27pm on 9th September 2020

Video And Youtube Talks

This week we wound up the Aidan and Hilda Week zoom retreat talks with the value of communal memory for vitalising sacred bonds and birthings. The retreatants 'Take-away' was the RAINBOW ARCH: Reconciliation * Apostolic ministries * Indigenous mission * Nations guided by God * Births lit up by...

Posted at 11:31am on 9th September 2020

A Is For Aidan: A Is For Action For Justice

A is for Saint Aidan's Day, August 31. A is for Apostle to English-speakers. A is for Archetype of indigenous sharing of Christ's ways.

A is for Action for Justice - which members of the international Community of Aidan and Hilda are prompted to take on this day. Some donate to a...

Posted at 11:13am on 30th August 2020

Twelve Keys For The Future Of The Church


Everyone is asking what the post-Covid world may be like, so I thought you’d like to know a little more about about my latest book. 

 Since my first book on Celtic spirituality was written twenty five years ago I...

Posted at 11:22am on 25th August 2020

Just Out: Climate Crisis And Celtic Christianity Book

1 hour aCeltic Christianity and Climate Crisis CELTIC CHRISTIANITY AND CLIMATE CRISIS: Twelve Keys for the Future of the Church
by Ray Simpson
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Ray Simpson, Founding Guardian of the Community of Aidan and Hilda,...
Posted at 15:21pm on 17th August 2020

Prayer Distances The Plague

Sorry folks.  Covid got to me. Hence no weekly blog.  But this contribution to a local church lock-down newsletter signals a revival.

Matthew 15:21-28

 The Gospel for this coming Sunday (16 August) begins ‘Jesus left that place and went away’. In that place a foreigner intruded on his planned...

Posted at 12:20pm on 5th August 2020

Living Stones

This week during lock-down Tweedmouth, Scremerston and Spittal parishes invite me (in liew of a personal preachment) to send a homily on Sunday's Gospel that is emailed to worshippers.  Here it is:

Matthew 13: 1-9; 18-23.

Jesus pointed to the apparently immoveable, ageless stones of the temple, and...

Posted at 20:03pm on 11th July 2020

Books Breaking Through

* Stella Durand's new book Dove of White Flame: A Historical Novel about Saint Columba (Wipf and Stock) is dedicated to 'my brothers and sister in The Community of Aidan and Hilda'.  It's well-researched and a good read. She now belongs to St. Columba's Church, Drumcliffe, County Sligo.

* James Percival's...

Posted at 12:21pm on 27th June 2020

Sexual Abuse: Religion Is The Answer

This Irish Times piece gives prophetic words from the former abbot of Glenstal monastery. Moralising will not help us understand the wave of sexual harassment and child abuse cases that have emerged nationally and internationally, says Mark Patrick Hederman, former abbot...

Posted at 08:53am on 24th June 2020
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