Signs of ‘normality’

New life I have loved walking in our local area each day over the last few months, and watching spring bloom before our very eyes. These young Canada geese, swimming so close to their mother, reminded me of the huge dependence we have on others - especially in infancy and childhood. We tend to think... Continue Reading →

Community Snake

Signs of hope and building community We were quite intrigued to hear that a snake had been put in the wood where we regularly walk...I almost tried to find somewhere else to walk, as for a few seconds I wasn’t quite sure whether it was real and alive! When we came across Samson the snake,... Continue Reading →

A Hidden Community

Tree of life Some time ago now I was really inspired by Peter Wohlleben's The Hidden Life of Trees within which he explains what happens out of sight, how trees form community, how the stronger look after the weaker trees - even when they are different species. I find myself drawn back to some of... Continue Reading →

Gathering…

How do we gather the people we love together, to share, to lament and to laugh with one another? Over the last few weeks we’ve been video-calling those we love, sharing coffee together as well as laughing and crying about the highs and lows of lock-down. This gathering, or drawing together as community, as family... Continue Reading →

Thought provoking…

I've just finished reading The Good Immigrant which is a collection of essays about what it's like to live in a country that doesn't trust you and doesn't want you... There were a number of heartbreaking reflections but one of the saddest was Musa Okwonga who decided to leave Britain because of such deep-rooted institutional... Continue Reading →

One Body

This is the week of the year dedicated to Christian unity, a time to join together to pray for the possibility that one day we will be a whole body or community which celebrates and commemorates catholicity. A week where each of us align our intentionality to that of God our maker our creator, and... Continue Reading →

Impatience is a Virtue…

I've been reminded of an advert from about ten years ago which claimed that patience was for yesteryear, now impatience is a virtue. This advert has come back to me a number of times as I have thought about how telling it is of our society in some ways. The immediacy of communication has made... Continue Reading →

Attend…properly!

This week has felt rather busy, and as I look back I can see that I have definitely been guilty of cramming too much into my diary and therefore failing to give real time to anything. It has struck me that this is very much the way of our modern world: fit as much as... Continue Reading →

May Day

#642 Our evening worship centred around the theme of #MayDay, with #Maypole dancing, food, drink and celebration - a beautiful way of bringing a #community together. How often do we just get together to celebrate the passing of time, or a new phase? #relationships #buildcommunity

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