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Angry Children Reject Parents

People at a recent retreat revealed the heartache of rejection and estrangement from children and grandchildren and a more general concern about children who in anger reject their parents. Conflict seems to come from three sources: Gender issues, Anger - inexplicable and  unexplained, and Rejection of our faith and...

Posted at 09:30am on 26th November 2021

Lecture: The Influence Of The 7th C Irish Mission On Britain And Beyond

On Saint Hilda's Day, 17 Novemember, I received the vows of Bryan Knox of Cramlington on Holy Island, in the presence of 'The Gang', ten committed friends of forty years.

That evening I gave Berwick Historical Society's first lecture since Covid, on the subject 'The Influence of the 7th c Irish Mission...

Posted at 11:39am on 18th November 2021

Handel's Messiah For Climate Crisis

On Saturday I exulted  in a performance of Handel's Messiah. Following the example of King George 2 we all stood for the Hallelujah chorus.  This is surely the most inspired creation in the history of human-kind on earth. Throughout I was thinking of planet earth's climate crisis and the...

Posted at 09:00am on 8th November 2021



Previously unencountered microbes leap to human hosts from other animals in an ongoing ‘zoonotic spillover’. Habitat destruction, such as deforestation and industrialised agriculture put increasing numbers of humans in contact with highly stressed animal and insect populations.  The real virus is unaccountable business greed that gobbles up natural...

Posted at 14:05pm on 31st October 2021

Calling Australian Desert Christians

Austrlaian CAH Guardian Bruce Challenor has just published  LIVING GOD’S WORD: Ancient Wisdom from Early Monasticism. We have placed a copy in our pilgrims' Library on the Holy Island of Lindisfarne.  I have written the following preface: 

Billy Graham once said ‘God has no grandchildren’. He meant that each...

Posted at 10:28am on 30th October 2021

Schools Curriculum Row Over Indigenous Peoples

Media carried news of a row about UK schools curriculum content.  It is claimed that people who promote the British Empire as a Good Thing rather than appraise good and bad elements have allowed the teaching syllabus to trash indigenous peoples.   Brendan's Return Voyage: A New American Dream: Indigenous, Post-Colonial, and...
Posted at 09:35am on 25th October 2021

Australian Desert Retreat House

Posted at 16:42pm on 21st October 2021


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
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