Category: Exeter

Exeter Shrinking the Footprint 2006-16

On 18th March, Martyn Goss presented to Diocesan Synod on the achievements of the Exeter Shrinking the Footprint Campaign over the last ten years. You can download two documents here: A headline list of achievements over 2006-16 (pdf), which includes the joint action as part of the EcoChurch SouthWest partnership Martyn’s report to Synod (pdf) …
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Creationtide 2017

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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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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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