Past, Present and Future…….

Hello, I thought I’d just write a few very personal  thoughts after the first day of the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse’s hearing into the way the Anglican Church handled the case of Peter Ball. My first thought is to be thankful that there is such an Inquiry and that survivors of sexual abuse…

The Week That Shook The Church…..

Hello, This morning a Guardian editorial was entitled : “Anglican cover-up : the Church that didn’t want to know.” It follows an extraordinary week since my story for the BBC broke the news of how the  Church of England mishandled its review into past cases of sexual abuse. My small team and I had seen…

In the Silence…

Hello, Perhaps it’s an age thing or maybe I’ve just been reading too many classic novels, but I feel as though my life over the last few weeks has taken on a timeless quality. I feel more aware of and in tune with my surroundings and the environment than I can remember. Perhaps it’s because…

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…