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Prisoners And Pilgrims

Ron Nikkel is a long-time friend of The Community of Aidan and Hilda in Canada and a soul friend to one of our members. After a life-time's service, including as a prison chaplain, he has written a book about his experiences. Here are three commendations. You can...

Posted at 15:38pm on 21st November 2023

Black Elk

Nicholas Black Elk (1863-1950) was a Lakota holy man revered by both Lakota traditionalists and Christians alike. While both sides "claim" him as "theirs" (see recommended reading) , all agree that his remarkable vision helped preserve Lakota culture. The child of a long line of medicine men, Black Elk received...

Posted at 10:22am on 13th November 2023

My Interview With Elon Musk

At the Bletchley Park A.I. summit UK's Prime Minister (who wants the ultra rich like himself to continue to plunder the earth without making compensation) interviewed Elon Musk (who wants to colonise other planets without making compensation). Mr. Musk says no one will need to work in the future...

Posted at 09:50am on 3rd November 2023

A Just Peace

Pope Francis has issued a follow up to his great Laudato si encyclical at the start of the historic synod in Rome which may begin a process of translating the principles of 'in Christ there is neither Jew nor gentile, male nor female' (Galatians 3:28) into the Roman Catholic hierarchy....

Posted at 16:55pm on 18th October 2023

Thin People

I gave a talk to the Igniting the Flame course students at St. Cuthbert's Centre, Lindisfarne on Thin People. What are they? you ask. Here is a clue. The eight deadly vices make us too big for our boots. The eight delightful virtues make us lithe and...

Posted at 16:01pm on 16th October 2023

Meta And A.i.: New Monastics Can Lead A Reality Revolution

Meta boss Mark Zuckerberg this week promotes an extension of virtual reality, through artificial intelligence transplanted into our seeing, thinking and feeling 24/7. Its purpose is not pure. It extends his empire, his profits, and a world view based on deception and greed. It will lead to...

Posted at 12:02pm on 28th September 2023

What About Saint Hilda Celebrations?

The celebration of St. Aidan materials used on August 31 have been much appreciated, and people have enquired about similar material on Saint Hilda.


Buy Great Celtic Christans (volume 4 of the Celtic Prayer Book). This has thirty one pages of prayers, stories, songs and liturgy on Saint Hilda. Â...

Posted at 12:17pm on 14th September 2023

Top And New Books

Posted at 09:09am on 8th September 2023

St. Aidan's Celebrations And Exercises For Everyone In The World



St. Aidan’s Day 31 AUGUST or any day


Gather around the statue of St. Aidan in St. Mary’s Church Holy Island or around this picture any where in the world


Ldr + In the name of the sending Father


Posted at 12:27pm on 24th August 2023

Edinburgh Festival And The Community Of Aidan And Hilda

The international Edinburgh Festival Fringe is back with a bang after the Covid years. This year the Community of Aidan and Hilda played a small part. Sally Simpson, a co-ordinator of the East Anglia CAH group joined Scottish and Borders members for a day there.

We enjoyed floral displays at...

Posted at 09:30am on 18th August 2023
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