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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

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
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