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Re- Humanising Spiritual Formation

We have decided to add Our Unforming: De-Westernizing Spiritual Formation by Cindy Lee to our CAH library on Lindisfarne.

This week I baptised a young adult in our local parish church. The baptism brochure contained these words (do you think these contribute to de-westernising spiritual formation - or better...

Posted at 09:53am on 25th April 2024

Bards And Celtic Insights Into Music

Two meetings this week had synchronicity. Our old friend Godfrey Butland has to give a lecture about Celtic hymnody etc. He asked me about sources. I pointed him to the Introduction to my Celtic Hymnbook, to Kenney's mammoth encycopedia of Celtic sources with hundreds of short entries...

Posted at 11:14am on 18th April 2024

A New, More Powerful Story

Twenty five years ago a Dutch pilgrim to Holy Island's B&B was double-booked. His name was Egbert. He found himself next to me as I led Evening Prayer at St. Cuthbert's Centre and ended up at our Open Gate Retreat House. Next day in my little Starbank Cottage...

Posted at 07:57am on 11th April 2024

The Complete List Of Sixty Books

A Way Of Life for the Third Millenium (Austin Macauley 2024)

Before We Say Goodbye: preparing for a good death (HarperCollins 2001) ...

Posted at 16:04pm on 3rd April 2024

Washing And Stripping The World

Washing And Stripping The World

I had my feet washed on Maundy Thursday evening - in church. Jesus washed the tired and dusty feet of his closest friends the day before he was killed. As my feet were washed I prayed that Jesus would wash the feet of all Followers of...

Posted at 20:54pm on 28th March 2024

Norwich Busker

The last person I visited before I left my ministry in Norwich thirty years ago was a young man in a hospital who attacked me. He later explained it was because I had informed his family he was unwell and whereas I was his friend they, he then thought, were...

Posted at 15:25pm on 22nd March 2024

Has Your Name Got A Patron Saint?

Are you OK because you have a name like Mary and have plenty of namesakes who are saints?

Or have you spent most of your life, as I have, bemoaning that no saint has been given my name? Take heart. My name is Raymond. At the...

Posted at 15:25pm on 8th March 2024

When We Lose Our Marbles

Celtic Rhythms of Life: Daily Prayer from the Community of Aidan and Hilda (BRF) is catching on.

In certain prayer schedules, as with Tuesday Midday Prayer, the reader is invited to add their own response to a repeated petition.

For example: In the whirling wheels of the world You are with...

Posted at 12:24pm on 5th March 2024

New Book Of Prayers For Healing

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Shalom!: Celtic Prayers for Wholeness and Healing Paperback – February 24, 2024

by Ray Simpson (Author)

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Although we often think the definition of shalom is “peace,” the Hebrew word encompasses far wider meanings, including completeness, well-being, safety, prosperity, contentment, health, friendliness, and rest. Shalom...

Posted at 15:53pm on 1st March 2024

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Posted at 11:20am on 19th February 2024
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