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In September I blacked out during a riverside Communion service beside the river Tweed at Old Melrose. A priest who thought I was dying sang a song of faith over me before two angels in the form of ambulance officers stood each side of me, and the land owner bumped...

Posted at 12:12pm on 17th October 2021

Norway – A Way For The World


Graham Booth and I surmounted unbelievably complicated Covid regulations in order to spend eight days in Norway.  I led a retreat on the idyllic Wolves Island in the parish of Frode Fjelbraten, for his colleagues,  co-workers and youth workers, and for members of Anamcara (the Norway branch of...

Posted at 16:57pm on 7th October 2021

From Holy Island To Norway

A Holy Island  resident went down to the beach. He bumped into a holiday-maker who asked ‘Why did you come to live here?’ ‘My life needed balance’ the resident replied. ‘How do you get that?’ the visitor asked.

 A conversation ensued.  It is a conversation that The Community of...

Posted at 22:14pm on 22nd September 2021

Hear The Cry Of The Earth

As the Glasgow Climate Summit approaches the Pope, the Ecumenical Patriarch and the Archbishop of Canterbury ‘appeal to the heart and mind of every Christian, every believer, and every person of good will...

Posted at 09:55am on 15th September 2021

Brother Gildas, Caldey Island: Monasticism Must Expand


Brother Gildas phoned me on Monday.  His monastery...

Posted at 07:43am on 7th September 2021

August 31: A For Action, Afghanistan And Aidan!

A curate in Berwick told school kids the story of Saint Aidan’s death accompanied by angels on 31 August 653.  ‘Why do you think there were so many angels?’...

Posted at 09:06am on 31st August 2021

'a Prophet Has Spoken'

‘In the belly of the Latin beast a Celtic prophet has spoken! Lord, help us to listen. As I read Brendan’s Return Voyage embarrassment swept through my soul, yet I was continuously born again with hope. In this beautiful and devastatingly liberating book Ray Simpson will teach you …’ ...

Posted at 12:31pm on 26th August 2021

Ireland Visit

Tony Simpson, the brother of my sister Sally and I, and the co-founder with his Danish wife Agnete of the Upper Room Fellowship in the Republic of Ireland's second city of Cork, has become very frail.  He walks with two sticks and breathes with difficulty.  So as soon as Covid...

Posted at 16:37pm on 19th August 2021

Climate Deniers And The Bible

The following blog will shortly appear on the web site of Sacristy Press:

The Glasgow Climate Summit...

Posted at 08:25am on 5th August 2021

Brendan's Return



Brendan's Return Voyage: A New American Dream: Indigenous, Post-Colonial, and Celtic Theology


Ray Simpson

Posted at 08:12am on 29th July 2021

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