Knive Angel

I went to see the Knife Angel this week. It was glistening in the early morning sun, looking resplendent and serene. All the time I was there, other people were coming to look, photograph, talk about the message it brings, the times we live in that creates art out of confiscated knives. It is a … [Read more…]

NOT closing

I’m delighted that our Church Meeting in January decided that St.Columba’s should stay open for at least the next year. I thank all who were there for their honesty, careful deliberation and willingness to close the building, but ultimately for their faith that God still has a role for us in this place. Seeking a … [Read more…]

Gaps

There is a style of poetry that doesn’t use punctuation  but leaves big gaps between phrases                                                              Amongst  the leaf             … [Read more…]

Sabbatical

Every ten years The United Reformed Church gives Ministers the gift of a 3 month sabbatical. It is an opportunity to be refreshed, to study, to find space to take stock of the way we respond to God’s call. Ten years ago, I spent time at music festivals; amongst emerging worship communities and at Westminster … [Read more…]

Disciples in Modern City#3

The third Disciple in the Modern City is Madeleine Delbrêl (1904-1964). A French woman who having declared “God is dead … long live death” as a teenage philosophy student, then discovered God living with her through difficult moments. She founded a House of Hospitality in a communist suburb of Paris and spent her life there … [Read more…]

Disciples in the Modern City#2

Our second Disciple in the Modern City was Dorothy Day (1897-1980). Another unlikely candidate; social activist, suffragist, socialist living a bohemian lifestyle who had always explored spiritual writings. The birth of her child brought a spiritual breakthrough in which she learnt that she could trust God. Day and her baby were baptised as Roman Catholic’s … [Read more…]