Category: Exeter

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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Tiverton constituents grill their MP on climate change

A large crowd of concerned constituents gathered in Tiverton Hotel on Saturday 8th October to discuss with Neil Parish MP what he and the government are doing to address the growing challenge of climate change. During the afternoon, around 40 people from across Tiverton and the surrounding villages gathered together for part of a national …
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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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Devon Eco Church

  A Rocha has relaunched its ‘Eco Congregations’ project as ‘Eco Church’ Its vision is for churches of all denominations to care for creation as an integral part of loving their neighbours and following God’s faithfully You are cordially invited to a local workshop this Autumn to launch Devon Eco Church with Ruth Valerio and to …
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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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Community Energy

EcoChurch Southwest organised a morning on 7 July 2016 at Pinhoe Road Baptist Church, Exeter to look at the benefits of churches engaging with their community energy schemes that operate in their local areas. There are many in the South West region, including Plymouth, Bath, North Devon, Bristol, and Cornwall. Pinhoe Road Baptist Church is part …
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