Category: Exeter

Happy Advent 2018!

This is my final mailing in the Devon Churches Green Action and EcoChurch Southwest series as I step back to retire in a few weeks’ time. Its origins were in a news bulletin which began as a paper circulation in the 1990s under the title ‘Creation, Community and Church’ and gradually evolved into a monthly …
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Christianness

The late teacher and theologian John Hull used to say our earlier forebears lived through the era of Christendom with its emphasis on Church power and authority. Then, following the Industrial Revolution, came the time of Christianity – the expansion of the faith system across the globe stressing proclamation and praise. But now, he insisted, …
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Happy All Saints!

In the middle of the 17th Century French philosopher René Descartes challenged us to think about our thinking! In particular, he divided life between the things we can quantify and measure (mathematics, logistics, etc.) and the things we cannot (superstition, religiosity, and so on).  In the course of time this focus of thought enabled the …
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Global Warming of 1.5°C

The recent report by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) said that the planet would reach the crucial 1.5°C warming as early as 2030 under current greenhouse gas emission levels, risking wildfires, extreme droughts, floods, and serious famine. There is nothing new in this, but it’s a sobering call for more radical and urgent action …
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How to divest from fossil fuels

Following the Church of England’s fossil fuel divestment vote in July, Operation Noah is inviting local churches of all denominations to make divestment commitments. They say: Fossil fuel companies cannot continue with ‘business as usual’ if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change. The institutional Churches say they believe in ethical investment. They also …
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Greetings for St Francis week!

To understand the books of the Bible it is important to understand the context in which they were written. In my view it is not satisfactory to superficially interpret verses without grasping something of the background as to why they were written and for whom. If we are not careful we read our own situation …
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Joyous Creationtide 2018!

One of the benefits of ‘Creationtide’ is to free us from the trappings of the world of stuff! We are so surrounded by the excesses of global consumerism, that our possessions possess us. This is idolatry at its worst – the power of pleasure disconnecting us from the power of love. So, in this season …
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Greetings for St. Rita’s day – patron saint of the impossible!

Question for us all: who on Earth am I? The matter of self-awareness and who we believe we are is probably the most critical, and yet frequently ignored of our lives. Generally speaking we do not think much about our identity and for most of the time are content to go with the social labels …
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A Service for Rogationtide

This year, Rogation Sunday is on 6 May. Rogationtide was originally about asking God (Latin – rogare – to ask) to bless the crops. Rogation Days are the three weekdays before Ascension Day, but many churches have observed Rogation on the preceding Sunday. Here is a simple idea for keeping Rogationtide, spotted on the Green …
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Greetings for Eastertide 2018!

Some people, including those of faith, say we need to care for Creation and look after the Earth.  But I am not sure that they are right!  In reality, the environment is well able to care for itself.  The (God-given) laws of physics, chemistry, biology, etc. ensure that life evolves healthily. Where there is a …
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