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Down With Selfish Nationalism: Up With The Book Club

Email dialoguing this week pinpointed one of the vital ingredients implicit in the name Community of Aidan and Hilda.   The CAH founders were very clear that the community and therefore its named patrons should never be selfishly nationalistic, but should be a model of indigenous and multi-national partnership.  The...

Posted at 15:25pm on 12th February 2021

A Diy Holy Island Retreat

LONGING FOR A HOLY ISLAND RETREAT?  MAKE ONE FROM HOME!

 At this time of year people around the world plan for a retreat. Many book in to one on UK’s Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

 The Covid pandemic need not mean that all is lost. You can...

Posted at 08:57am on 5th February 2021

Passing The Harp

Recenttly members of The Community of Aidan and Hilda had a Passing the Harp evening on zoom.  This is a modern alternative to the occasion described by the monk Bede when people gathered round a log fire in a barn on the estate of the Whitby monastery and...

Posted at 15:56pm on 29th January 2021

Foundations And Future

 

 

INTERNATIONAL ON-LINE RETREAT FOR CAH MEMBERS IN VOWS

The opening theme was ‘They went by another way’. This refers to the three magi who returned from Bethlehem by another route, and to the Community of Aidan and Hilda and countless other...

Posted at 11:06am on 22nd January 2021

Kevin Mayhew R.i.p.

Kevin Mayhew, who died a few days ago, will be a loss to the world.  I owe him so much.

We met by chance. A mutual musician friend knocked on my door to introduce him while he gave him a tour of Lindisfarne. It was a liminal meeting.  The Community of...

Posted at 18:53pm on 19th January 2021

Locked In During Lock-down? Six Golden Keys

Lock-down in many lands is harvesting depression, abuse and negativity. I have invested in Netflix and during energy collapses have at last watched TV series such as When Calls the Heart, Poldark and The Crown.  Characters try to understand why another person acts in a certain way.  Often this...

Posted at 09:21am on 15th January 2021

Liturgies From Lindisfarne

Kevin Mayhew Publishers have re-issued Liturgies from Lindisfarne with a new front and back cover full of colour. The back cover states it is ‘a daily worship book for individuals, new monastic groups and churches. It reconnects the world with the seasons and the soil, the saints and the...

Posted at 08:29am on 8th January 2021

Healing Can Go Viral

USA members of The Community of Aidan and Hilda held a healing and meditation service on zoom on Saturday. Just as The Three Wise Ones spread Light to Africa, Asia and the Middle East, which we mark at Epiphany, so, I suggested in my meditation, may those who carry our...

Posted at 11:11am on 3rd January 2021

New Year Message

 The Covid pandemic is a wake up call. The raping of the planet has so shrunk its species that ever more viruses now leap into humans who are the last to die. The 2021 UN World Climate Change Summit in Glasgow is a last-chance call to humanity. As it...

Posted at 09:40am on 29th December 2020

Winter Solstice And The Christmas Sun

After dark on  the December 21 solstice (winter in the northern hemisphere) I climbed Berwick's highest rampart, lit a candle which pomptly blew out, and by torchlight said the Prayer for the Winter Solstice in volume 4 of The Celtic Prayer Book:

'The earth is not dead: it is sleeping. Its...

Posted at 16:02pm on 21st December 2020
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