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A Laird, 20 Bishops And A New Wind

Twenty one members of a Norwich Parish  spent a long week-end on a St. Cuthbert Pilgrimage based at The Open Gate.  They were, led by Explorer Rev Simon Stokes with his guide dog Maine and me as a human guide. On the Saturday we journeyed to Old Melrose, the original...

Posted at 07:58am on 7th September 2018

Oswald - A Model For Political Leaders

This week-end northern Bishops hit rivers, streets and churches in a mission to people who live in the shadow of  England's Northern saints. Archbishop John Sentamu will baptise people in the river Glen and celebrate at St. Aidan's Church Bamburgh, where Oswald, King and Martyr, was based. Recently I preached...

Posted at 07:37am on 31st August 2018

Aidan And Hilda Week On Lindisfarne August 2018

August 25 - 31 is Aidan and Hilda Week.  On August 25 Saint Hilda's body  was placed in a shrine in York. On August 31 Aidan went to heaven in a blaze of glory from Bamburgh, both in 7th century Britain. Members of The Community of Aidan and Hilda throughout...

Posted at 15:09pm on 24th August 2018

Aboriginal Weepings And Jesus' Forebears

A royal commission into institutional child abuse in Australia reported last December and some repentance for the historical (and current ) sins of the church seemed in order.  In this spirit Aidan and Hilda member Heather Johnston has organised an artwork (a mural with 4 panels) to be...

Posted at 07:39am on 17th August 2018

Prayer For Rain


 The globe is getting hotter. Fires rage and crops dry up. In response to a request Aidan and Hilda South African Voyager Bishop ERic PIke, although undergoing severe chemotherapy for cancer, composed this prayer for rain:


A Prayer for Rain




Posted at 17:17pm on 8th August 2018

Critics Of Celtic Spirituality

I am engaged in three massive writing projects. One of these has been accumulating on my computer since the revised edition of my 'Exploring Celtic Spirituality' was published in 2004.  Since then I have noted every serious criticism of Celtic Spirituality, examined and reflected upon the sources.

How does one do...

Posted at 09:32am on 3rd August 2018

Sages And Soul Friends

 This week I received two messages I share with you.


'I am exploring the understanding  of ‘a company of sages’ which you mentioned to me in our early days in Cape Town, talking to several friends about its meaning, and the role sages play in society – wisdom figures I suppose,...

Posted at 14:38pm on 27th July 2018

Elders In Towns

I contribute to Berwick Advertiser's Thought for the Week column. Here is my latest article: <p>

I received a card from a very old friend which said  ‘I suffer from the Methuselah tendency’.  I decided to  investigate this tendency. I learned from the Book of Genesis that Methuselah had...

Posted at 09:02am on 20th July 2018

Anglesey New Monastic Retreats

I am at Llandonna, Ynys Mon (Anglesey), North Wales. Ynys Mon is the traditional bread basket of Wales. Can it now offer the bread of life to a spiritually depleted land? <p>

My host, James Percival,  took me by boat around Ynys Seiriol. The English call this nature reserve, with its...

Posted at 09:18am on 13th July 2018

Tides And Seasons

Never before, over twenty five years on Holy Island, can I recall such warm sun  every day of a week's retreat. I had rather short notice to shape and sharpen material for this retreat on Tides and Seasons.<p>

Retreatants came from Canada, England, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.  We...

Posted at 18:33pm on 6th July 2018
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