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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 www.pilgrimpath.ie

 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

National Mindfulness And Birmingham Change-makers

 

Central Hall Edinburgh was packed for last Saturday's National Mindfulness Day for Christians.  It was promoted by Christian Mindfulness UK,  in partnership with the Mind and Soul foundation, the Forward Foundation and CWR.  I spoke on Spiritual Formation and a Way of Life on behalf of The Community of Aidan...

Posted at 09:01am on 29th March 2019

A Tour With Saint Cuthbert

I  drove for six hours to East Anglia a week ago. Saint Cuhbert's Day was March 20; Saint Cuthbert's Sunday was March 17, which is also my sister Sally's birthday. On Sunday morning I spoke to Saint Cuthbert's Church, Sprowston, and its sister church in Norwich for  a united service. ...

Posted at 20:58pm on 22nd March 2019

What I've Done This Week

 

Welcome to many new Facebook Friends.  May you be fit for purpose and find what you are looking for.

Whitby smoked kippers claim to be the best.  I purchased two to deliver to Open Gate catering manager Jutta to thank her for baking a feast of cookies for me to share...

Posted at 08:21am on 15th March 2019

Making Memory Whole

I recently attended a beautiful evening service of Healing and Hope at St. Mary's Church, Lindisfarne. The service began with these words: 'Welcome to St. Mary's Church, a place of brokenness, a place of reconciliation, a place of healing...'

This week  the Caim Council of The Community of Aidan and Hilda...

Posted at 14:46pm on 10th March 2019

An Answer To Loneliness

 This week the Berwick Advertisier published my Thought for the Week. This is it:

 Loneliness afflicts our communities like a plague. It is so serious that the UK government has appointed its first ever minister for loneliness. What are the causes, the consequences and the remedies?

 More widowed people live longer. More...

Posted at 07:24am on 2nd March 2019

Developments

 

The trustees have announced that the three Holy Island residents who staff the Open Gate and High Rigg have been given updated job descriptions. Kayleah is House Manager, Jutta is Catering Manager, and Robert is Site Manager.  At present Robert also oversees the rota of those who maintain week-day Midday...

Posted at 08:36am on 23rd February 2019
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