Category: Lifestyle

Living the change – Make your commitment to sustainable living

Time for change – and to live the change. Humanity stands in front of the greatest challenge ever today. How shall we live together on this planet without destroying the possibilities for future generations? We have listened to the scientists that are clear – we are jeopardizing the ecosystems of the planet. The political will …
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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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Happy Hallowmass (feast of All Saints)!

Speaking at a recent conference on Mental Health and Young People in Devon, psychologist Dr. Kate Middleton inspiringly encouraged participants to reflect on resilience for teenagers. Coping with challenge and change has maybe never been so difficult than in today’s world, so how can one adapt from the weathers of life and recover from adversity? …
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Autumn greetings and happy St. Francis day (4th October)!

At the recent Exeter Diocesan clergy conference our three Bishops participated in a panel answering questions from the floor on a variety of contemporary topics. One of those raised was, ‘what are the greatest social challenges facing the people of Devon who we seek to serve at this time?’ The Bishops responded with helpful comments …
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Greetings for July and August – and Happy St. Benedict’s day!

One of the common questions asked in my area of work is why Christians and other religious people ought to be concerned about the environment. So here are a few reflections on this. Why should people of faith be engaged with the Earth and ecological matters? For those who believe this physical existence is merely …
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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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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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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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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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Happy St. David’s day!

Our society is in crisis.  Many of the old bonds which have held us together – household, workplace, neighbourhood, community – are under immense pressures or, in many cases, have disappeared entirely.  The common sharing of space, resources and relations has been replaced by a seductive individualism where the main purpose and drive is the …
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