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Ray's Blog: July 2014

New Mexico

Saturday: watch a Sheep Performance at the Borders Show.

Sunday: Sleep at Newcastle Airport. The tide won't allow me to catch an early morning plane.

Monday: Fly from London Heathrow to Dallas. Endure four queues, three security checks and non-arrival of baggage. Miss the connection to Albuquerque by one minute....

Posted at 15:02pm on 30th July 2014

Onward Christian Pilgrims

Wonder Voyages. Heritage Tours. Pilgrim Adventure. … on they come, ever onward. One hundred and forty Norwegians arrived from Stavanger on a ship named M/S Gann, though they had to dock at Newcastle and continue on coaches. This ship is run by Norway’s church. In term time it...
Posted at 03:34am on 24th July 2014

Oxford Prayer Festival And Ummah

I gave the opening address at the sun-lit Oxford Festival of Prayer at Ripon College, Cuddesdon. The theme was ‘Praying in the Great Emergence: Recovery of the Rhythm of Prayer’. A range of workshops explored aspects of prayer through music, silence, monastic and Celtic approaches, ikons and (in mine) the...
Posted at 22:37pm on 16th July 2014

Celtic Wedding Blessing

I had neared my overnight stop en route to the Norfolk Celtic Wedding Blessing when I saw a sign to 'Hackness Monastery'. My new book about Saint Hilda tells how she founded a daughter monastery at Hackness, but my research suggested the site had long been submerged under a lake....
Posted at 05:29am on 10th July 2014

Be Present

I am always blazing new trails, but I sense God saying ‘Remain present to those on recent trails, and be present to those who are preparing future trails’. So I share with some church leaders the thoughts about indigenous ways of relating from my ‘Future Routes’ address to our...
Posted at 23:59pm on 2nd July 2014
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