Saint Aidan At Bradford And Lincolnshire

I pick up a church leader at the rail station. He makes the long journey for a mere 36 hours for one thing only: to seek God’s discernment for a new phase in his calling.

I drive for three and a half hours to Bradford Cathedral to support my friend Paul Maybury as he is made a residentiary canon and precentor. On the way I pen a dreadful poem entitled ‘When Jesus came to Bradford’. Arriving early, I talk with an Asian Trades Union leader over Costa coffee. I meet old friends. I enjoy the Footsteps of Aidan Art Exhibition next to the Saint Aidan Chapel with its series of poignant words. Visit http://paulathompsonfearnley.zenfolio.com

Six Americans complete Saint Cuthbert’s Way. One is a senior person in health care. He is drawn to holistic spirituality and wants to explore how to develop as a Celtic soul friend. After my 9.30 pm return from Bradford we have heartfelt conversation about this.

It is a joy to meet people from the Jesus Fellowship (formerly the Jesus Army). The Jesus Army did some wrong things which have required interventions. Yet we should honour their desire to have a Jesus centre in cities which is open to the needy at all times. I am touched that these current members openly acknowledge past errors, and with non-defensive and loving hearts, wish to heal hurts caused to people.

Another long trip, this time to speak at Ruth’s funeral in Lincolnshire. It was held in Welton Methodist Church in West Lindsey. I pointed out that the Lindsey farers who went north years ago may have given Lindisfarne its name. A Saint Aidan figure stood in Ruth and Bernard's front room.

I returned to a silent retreat led by Penny Warren at The Open Gate. What a delight to meet up again with Barb and Bob Hudspith who run a retreat facility in Ontario.

Posted at 06:18am on 15th September 2016
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