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Happy Summertime!

So, have the results of the General Election been good for the environment?! On the face of it, the Green Party did not gain ground, issues of ecological sustainability did not seem high on candidates’ agendas and Britain now has an Environment Secretary who is not exactly known for his green credentials. Is the outlook …
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Maytime and Eastertide greetings!

Five years ago the Diocese of Exeter submitted plans to construct six small-scale wind turbines on its land in three different parishes in north Devon.  These were part of an overall strategy for the Church of England in Devon to reduce its Greenhouse Gas carbon emissions.  In the event the planning applications were withdrawn amidst …
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Thoughtful greetings for Holy Week!

We are living at a crossroads when an emphasis on the common wealth or common good is being replaced by an uncertain and dubious individualism. I have spent the last 35 years of my life and ministry struggling against ‘social evils’ and the forces of reaction. I have collectively engaged in activities promoting greater compassion …
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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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