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Open Gate Shuts

This message from the Community of Aidan and Hilda UK Caim Council and Trustees was posted on social media this week:

'As we explained in December 2020, like many organisations the income of the Community of Aidan and Hilda has been very seriously damaged by the Covid-19 pandemic.  Our...

Posted at 09:04am on 5th March 2021

A Devotion For The Season Of Lent

A blog reader asked me this week where in my writings he could find a poignant  Lament for Christ for use in the season of Lent. This Lament  is beautiful and touches the soul.  It is the entry for Ash Wednesday in  The Celtic Prayer Book Volume 1:...

Posted at 08:59am on 26th February 2021

A Lent Lament For Planet Earth

On Ash Wednesday I meditated on whether I am meant to have a leit motif for this Lent: e.g. reparation for violating the Trinity's image in our society.  

Then the Columban Ecological Institute sent this reflection by  Nellie Mc Laughlin:

'Deep within Earth’s sacred cradle of wisdom I sense rumblings:


Posted at 10:28am on 20th February 2021

Down With Selfish Nationalism: Up With The Book Club

Email dialoguing this week pinpointed one of the vital ingredients implicit in the name Community of Aidan and Hilda.   The CAH founders were very clear that the community and therefore its named patrons should never be selfishly nationalistic, but should be a model of indigenous and multi-national partnership.  The...

Posted at 15:25pm on 12th February 2021

A Diy Holy Island Retreat


 At this time of year people around the world plan for a retreat. Many book in to one on UK’s Holy Island of Lindisfarne.

 The Covid pandemic need not mean that all is lost. You can...

Posted at 08:57am on 5th February 2021

Passing The Harp

Recenttly members of The Community of Aidan and Hilda had a Passing the Harp evening on zoom.  This is a modern alternative to the occasion described by the monk Bede when people gathered round a log fire in a barn on the estate of the Whitby monastery and...

Posted at 15:56pm on 29th January 2021

Foundations And Future




The opening theme was ‘They went by another way’. This refers to the three magi who returned from Bethlehem by another route, and to the Community of Aidan and Hilda and countless other...

Posted at 11:06am on 22nd January 2021

Kevin Mayhew R.i.p.

Kevin Mayhew, who died a few days ago, will be a loss to the world.  I owe him so much.

We met by chance. A mutual musician friend knocked on my door to introduce him while he gave him a tour of Lindisfarne. It was a liminal meeting.  The Community of...

Posted at 18:53pm on 19th January 2021

Locked In During Lock-down? Six Golden Keys

Lock-down in many lands is harvesting depression, abuse and negativity. I have invested in Netflix and during energy collapses have at last watched TV series such as When Calls the Heart, Poldark and The Crown.  Characters try to understand why another person acts in a certain way.  Often this...

Posted at 09:21am on 15th January 2021

Liturgies From Lindisfarne

Kevin Mayhew Publishers have re-issued Liturgies from Lindisfarne with a new front and back cover full of colour. The back cover states it is ‘a daily worship book for individuals, new monastic groups and churches. It reconnects the world with the seasons and the soil, the saints and the...

Posted at 08:29am on 8th January 2021
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