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Ray's Blog: June 2011

The Cowshed Revolution

Riveted to my car radio, I stayed in the car park until Aung San Suu Kyi's first BBC Reith Lecture finished. The leader of Burma's main opposition party, after years under house arrest,secretly recorded two lectures which were smuggled out of Burma. She spoke of the Peoples' Uprisings in...

Posted at 02:47am on 28th June 2011

Fresh Expressions Dvd

1.authentic(?), Glasgow (Starting from scratch) 2.Boring Wells, Belfast (Becoming mission-shaped people) 3.CCM Gorton, Manchester (Serving people from around the world) 4.Church for the Night, Bournemouth (Being church in clubland) 5.CoffeeCraft, Clee Hill (Creating mission in the countryside) 6.Colin Brown, Falmouth (Establishing a fresh expression for artists) 7.Divine Divas, Tadcaster (Building...
Posted at 21:50pm on 22nd June 2011

Bloom Where You Are Planted

This world-changing possibility that we can bloom where we are planted riveted people who gathered for our Annual Week-end at Red Hill Centre, near Stratford, UK, which has converted a barn into a conference centre, outbuildings into guest rooms, and land into woods with footpaths, lake and praying place.


Posted at 00:40am on 20th June 2011

What's Good In Woking?

What's good in Woking? I must admit its town planners need to study the principles of a Village of God and put soul into its centre, but I'll tell you four good things.

1) David Lloyd Leisure Club gave me an all day gym, swim and...

Posted at 20:37pm on 15th June 2011

Let's Develop Wisdom Stations

I have just read The Daily Mail in a Woking gym cafe. I don't take a daily British paper. This morning's read leaves me depressed at the shallow, stupid, self-centred, short-sighted escapism that fills its pages.

I have just finished a week's retreat at the new Saint Columba's...

Posted at 04:13am on 11th June 2011

Celtic Mass

We celebrated Celtic mass as part of the Saint Columba Festival here at Saint Columba's Centre, Woking, UK. This put up a marker. Iona Community Communion services have a Presbyerian link; those of The Community of Aidan and Hilda draw from contemporary Celtic worship material: Fr. Owen Murphy,...

Posted at 08:55am on 5th June 2011

Methodists And Mystics

A formidable force of Methodist women from the five districts that make up northern Britain gathered at Minsteracres Retreat Centre, near Newcastle. I led two sessions on Celtic spirituality, followed by a sun-drenched prayer walk in their peace garden and grounds, ending with an Ascension Day ascent up the...

Posted at 11:58am on 3rd June 2011
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