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Churches In Terminal Decline? A New Movement......

I am informed that national UK church leaders report that under forties in all religions don't want to take responsibilities within a particular local faith community - the internet world is their parish. So the top leaders strategy is to turn clergy into skilled managers - they undertake the...

Posted at 10:29am on 28th September 2022

B&b For God

Our friend Andy Raine asked me 'Could you give God B & B this week-end?' I replied 'Well, Celtic Christians are supposed to see the face of Christ in every stranger at the door so, although this week has seen - following the funeral of the good queen of...

Posted at 09:38am on 23rd September 2022

Vows

GUEST CONTRIBUTOR JAMES SIMPSON WRITES:

This week I joined the crowds in Edinburgh's Royal Mile, I waved in thanks to the late Queen Elizabeth (Scotland's 1st) for her 70 years of gracious service as her hearse approached St. Giles Cathedral, and I clapped King Charles 3rd as he left the...

Posted at 17:33pm on 17th September 2022

The Royal Way

The Queen, working selflessly until two days before her death, is risen. She calls us to walk the royal path of humble service, to foster a world-wide commonwealth of peoples, to be renewed through the living springs of faith, to be prejudice free, to speak wisely mindful of others, to...

Posted at 09:49am on 9th September 2022

From The Tay To The Thames, Iceland And Australia!

Twelve people joined in the Aidan and Hilda Week retreat on Holy Island which ended on Saturday. I slept in the spare room at The Whitehouse.

Scott Brennan has recorded the talks on the Saints from the Tay to the Thames and pasted the link on his Facebook. There were 80...

Posted at 13:54pm on 4th September 2022

When We Are Tested

This week my wifi has broken down, I have been to hospital for tests, and my doctor wants to check whether I have cancer of the kidneys.

In old age many people lose faculties, loved ones or earthly securities. Many younger people lose limbs, jobs, family members or homelands. Now...

Posted at 10:52am on 22nd August 2022

Songs Of The Way

I have sent a prayer tweet most days for the last twelve years. A recent post got more 'likes' than any other. Here it is:

Ray Simpson

@praycelticdaily

May our political leaders be quiet in spirit, clear in judgement, and mindful of the needy. May they unite the families of nations...

Posted at 19:38pm on 10th August 2022

Celtic From Outdoors

The latest A Rocha Newsletter has this piece:

'Celtic Christian theology has a strong creation focus and an ecological dimension to faith and practice. This has become more enunciated in recent years in response to the environmental crisis.

Ray Simpson in Celtic Christianity and Climate Crisis:Twelve Keys for the Future of the...

Posted at 08:03am on 4th August 2022

Celtic Prayers For Praying The Hours

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The introduction to this new book states that early followers of the Way in the Roman Empire and in Celtic lands followed the flow of the Roman workday: bells began the working day at six in the morning, sounded a mid-morning break at nine, rang again for...

Posted at 17:40pm on 27th July 2022

God's Water From Wales

Narrative 1:

'Dust off our Welsh saints: they are keys to our future' Rowan Williams told Brother Gildas of Caldey Abbey. This week I visited married monk Simon Jones, his wife Natalie and their four year old son Samuel who have moved to Ruthin, in Wales' Vale of Clywd and...

Posted at 09:34am on 22nd July 2022
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