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Ash Wednesday greetings!

Probably one of the most important questions we can ask ourselves is ‘who we think we really are’. Our self-identity is an issue that runs through human history and is found in the works of poets, artists, theologians and psychologists – to name but a few. Who we believe we are is of course influenced …
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Greetings for February!

Two contrasting forces have shaped human evolution and resulted in the kind of people we now are.  One has been the pull of competition – the need to establish zones of control and hierarchy to establish patterns of dominance in the struggle for survival. The other has been the move towards co-operation – mutualism, symbiosis, …
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New Year greetings for 2017 of the Common Era!

In recent years politicians and decision makers around the world have been drawn to appealing to the human emotions of fear and hatred for their backing and support. It is clear that motivations such as ‘tribalism’ (expressed in prejudicial racism, sexism, nationalism, etc.) and ‘desire’ (culminating in global consumerism) have been woven into political discourse …
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Advent greetings for 2016!

A time for anticipation and expectancy, yet at a time of immense global challenge as we move out of the hottest year on record and towards a changing political landscape in 2017. Maybe Christmas in today’s world really highlights our personal and social choices and priorities, especially when it comes to human well-being and fulfilment. …
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Happy All Saints-tide 2016!

Maybe it’s because of the Guy Fawkes season, but I sense this time of year is one of compelling challenge and radical change – a chance to talk of reforming the structures we have created; a time (kairos) to believe differently… Recently, one of the local Baptist churches hosted a showing of ‘The Divide’. Based on …
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Greetings for October!

Are we driven to distraction? We are continually being convinced of what technology does for us – providing us with data, helping to save time, improving the quality of our entertainment, advancing medical care, and so on.  The question we ask more rarely is, ‘what does technology do to us?! This is perhaps more complex, longer term and less …
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Greetings for Creationtide!

The purpose of the Church is not to increase its own membership, irrespective of the obsession some Christians seem to have about church growth.   The purpose of the Church is to extend the love of God – whatever that means.  In less religious terms, this is to say we are to recognise that a healthy …
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Greetings at the Summer Solstice!

“The purpose of God is Togetherness”.For those of us within the Judaeo-Christian tradition, there is a deep well of understanding that as human beings we are called to develop bonds and relationships of care and trust.  The emphasis on our behaviour is to love one another – including those we would fear or dislike – …
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Happy St. James-the-Less day – patron saint of Christian lifestyle!

In 1306 King Edward I became the first British ruler to ban the burning of coal, disregard of which was punishable by death!  In subsequent centuries other monarchs, including Elizabeth I, attempted to do the same because of coal smoke’s toxic effects on the air. Their success was limited however.More than 700 years later our …
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Easter Week greetings!

Although we may not be aware of it, in the last few generations in the West we have increasingly become ‘indoor people’.  Whereas once almost everyone was a farmer or a gardener and spent most of their time outside, we have overwhelmingly moved to a more comfortable culture of life indoors.If we analyse our time, …
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