God in fragments: how worship can unlock memory

Memories infused with gratitude are the wonderful consolation of old age. As we grow older we find the prayer of reminiscence becoming increasingly important. We savour events that have shaped us for good and mourn the opportunities we missed. In our memories we meet ourselves: who we were and who we have become. But what … More God in fragments: how worship can unlock memory

Children united for refugees in Brixham

Today the children from the churches of Brixham (All Saints, Brixham, St Mary’s, Brixham, the Community Church and Brixham Baptist Church), walked through the town to raise money for refugee families. I met them at noon as they finished and it was brilliant seeing hordes of children and young parents pouring into St Mary’s, all sporting … More Children united for refugees in Brixham

THE GOD WHO LISTENS

A programme I much enjoy on Radio 4 is The Listening Project. Thousands of conversations from across the length and breadth of the UK have been recorded and broadcast. They cover every topic under the sun from the sublime to the banal. Some exchanges are funny, others profoundly moving as we dip into other people’s lives. This week I’ve been engaged in a listening project of my own in Plymouth, hearing the concerns of local people, including some of the most socially excluded in our society … More THE GOD WHO LISTENS

ASHES TO ASHES

12 November 2016 What a privilege to be invited to dedicate the new crematorium chapel in Barnstaple today. Named the ‘Rowan’ this chapel is modern, spacious and airy, not at all gloomy or gothic. It has been built and funded jointly by North Devon and Torridge District Councils, and is testimony to the strength of … More ASHES TO ASHES

THURSDAY WAR

Driving into the naval base at Devonport yesterday (November 9th) I found myself humming the First Sea Lord’s song from HMS Pinafore, ‘Now I’m the ruler of the Queen’s Navy’. Except the naval exercise that Bishop Nick and I had been invited to share in was no laughing matter. The exercise was part of a six … More THURSDAY WAR

Encouraging, challenging and exhausting; farewell to Kenya

Today was our last full day in Kenya.  Bishop Julius arranged for us to travel to Nairobi to meet the new Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya, the Most Reverend Jackson ole Sapit. It proved to be a special occasion. After talking with the whole group and hearing something of the tripartite link which … More Encouraging, challenging and exhausting; farewell to Kenya