This is Holy Ground I came across this sign whilst walking near a memorial in a local park...it made me wonder, what is more holy about the ground where we memorialise compared with the ground which we tread each day...? Last summer I went to a conference for people from a more catholic tradition who... Continue Reading →
Time to tread water…
Water off a duck's back... I've not blogged for a few weeks as I had a writing week (for my MA dissertation research), then a week of leave to rest and recharge. Amidst the rest I met this lovely duck as the sun went down one evening. She was swimming with her 11 ducklings, and... Continue Reading →
An Altar in your World…
“Whoever you are, you are human. Wherever you are, you live in the world, which is just waiting for you to notice the holiness in it.”Barbara Brown Taylor: An Altar in the World 'Let my prayer rise before you as incense, the lifting up of my hands as the evening sacrifice. Psalm 141' Inspired by... Continue Reading →
The Ritual of the Eucharist
In preparation for a Quiet Day I am leading on Contemplative Photography at Launde Abbey I asked a colleague whether they would mind me photographing them as they celebrated the Eucharist. Whilst it seems a strange request, I wanted to have a visual backdrop which allows for the opportunity to almost freeze the moment...what I... Continue Reading →
Torii – A Gate to God?
Torii, a link between the sacred and profane - a gate to gods and all that lies beyond. Does this mean that God is there and not here? Are we left without guidance or care unless we search for it? And when we seek, is it enough to pass through, beyond? Who is there to... Continue Reading →
Seeking the Holy
I have loved going to places of pilgrimage in Tokyo and blending into the background as I watch the expectation of the sacred or seeking of the experience of the sacred. Yet at Sensouji, it was not so much the obvious places where I found the sacred, but somewhat off the beaten track. Old treasure,... Continue Reading →
間 – ma (space between)
I have spent a great deal of time thinking about the ways in which difference is held together in Japan, and the Japanese understanding of beauty and stillness. I have been struck by the number of people from other lands who have made Japan their home for so many years, as well as reflecting on... Continue Reading →
#575 I'm writing about the #eucharist as a #sacrament at the moment and have been struck by how far away from #Jewishfellowshipmeals this has come. What is so special about a eucharist service? What do we do in them that is about us rather than God? Is every eucharist a #divineencounter? We had an #americana... Continue Reading →
#439 I have met the #churchcat at my Sunday #placement. Animals seem to have little sense of what is and is not #appropriatebehaviour, and a disregard for any #rules we seek to impose. Do rules help or hinder our sense of #morality? What about our sense of the #sacred?