Disturbing the Comfortable….

Hello, I bought a book called “Christianity, A Complete Introduction” recently. It sets out in concise chapters the story of the Christian faith “from sandals to cyberspace.” It’s simple and endorsed by Rowan WIlliams as “ engaging”. And, I’ve been drawn to a description of Jesus’ qualities…. “Someone marked out as a dangerous rebel” “Someone…

Hope and Doubt…….

Hello, As individuals, we strive, toil, celebrate, grieve, but what is the purpose of it all? If we are lucky, we perhaps enrich each others’ lives for a moment, but then that moment is lost and we are all once again, caught up in the minutiae of life. Caught up in the everyday drudge. So…

Tortoise and Hare…….

Hello, Gender – it’s the word of our times. A word which lay dormant for generations but which is now everywhere, right at the heart of the big conversations and controversies of our society. Gender – it used to be so clear cut : Boy/Girl Man/Woman. But it was also a word that kept the lid…

The Simple Things…

Hello, I have learned so much over the last few weeks. Lessons which have taught me a new kind of maturity.  My father died last month and my life and my outlook on life has changed as a result.  We all face the reality of losing our parents, but when it happens, it brings us…

Tribes and Traditions…….

Hello, I’m probably not alone in being astounded that we are now into November and racing towards Christmas. Where has the year gone? As I sit here, as the sun is setting on this Halloween, I’m thinking that we mark our lives by festivals and events that come and go ever more frequently.  I’m remembering…

Fortunes and Foodbanks…….

Hello, Suddenly we’re all talking about community and that’s good, apart from the fact that we’re talking about it because of the tragedies of recent weeks. The terrible fire of Grenfell Tower, the attacks in London and Manchester, they have shown us that we all have huge compassion for people who are suffering and grieving….

Just Above Water…….

Hello, I’m a journalist and I’m tired of the news. Actually, that’s not true, I love the news, but i’m tired of what’s in the news at the moment.  I don’t think I’m alone in saying the uncertainty of our politics over the last few days is unsettling and more than a little daunting.  I…

Tears and Rollercoasters…….

Hello, What a strange, fragile, thing Life is. Out of my window, I’m watching the gulls swoop above the trees still blowing through the remnants of last night’s gales. The sun is trying to creep through the cloud, one minute it succeeds, the next, it is hidden away again. How much longer will we wait…

Thoughts and Prayers…

Hello, This time yesterday, I was tweeting about the peacefulness and joy of being close to bees. I went to bed reflecting upon the beauty and wonder of our world.  This morning, that peace was shattered as the world woke up to the horror of the #Manchester bomb attack. Like most of us, it was…

An Ordered Mind 

Hello, There is something to be said for having an ordered mind.  I’ve been thinking about this recently because my life, probably like yours, can be very crowded at times- so many things to do and inevitably, things fall by the wayside. Technology is supposed to help, but even that can be a hindrance.. my…

Each Other’s Shoes

Hello, What strange times we are living in. I haven’t written for a while because to be honest there has been so much happening I haven’t known where to start. Probably like you, life has got in the way, big time.  It’s strange isn’t it how everything ticks along in the same old way for…

Turning a Blind Eye..

Hello, The sun is out and Spring is slowly beginning to cast its rays over the shadows of Winter. And what a gloomy few months it has been. I am probably not alone in feeling as though we have reached this point with a little more effort than usual.  But it is good to see the…