Sunday was a poignant day as I presided at the last Eucharist to be held in St Andrew’s Church, here in Exeter. The first church was a tin tabernacle, erected at the end of the nineteenth century to serve the expanding population on the other side of the River Exe, the area called St Thomas. … More To all that shall be – yes!
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
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
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
Being woken up at 5.30am by the sound of a distant fire alarm on Friday morning as I tried to sleep off my jet lag was not what I expected when I returned from Kenya. Even worse was discovering the reason for the alarm: the Royal Clarence Hotel was on fire. This handsome building on … More Saying goodbye to the grand old lady of Exeter?
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
‘You can’t teach a man with an empty stomach. First, you need to feed him,’ said Bishop Julius as our bus pulled into the parish of Gitwe. We had been travelling for about an hour through beautiful countryside to the south-west region of the diocese. The hills and woods are peppered with blue … More We are marching in the light of God
Today a group of us attended worship at St Luke’s, Makongeni here in Thika Town. Built in an area that thirty years ago was simply fields of sisal (makongeni) it is evidence of how the urban population in Kenya has mushroomed and how the church has responded. This thriving parish has grown both in numbers … More This is the day that the Lord has made
People are waiting eagerly for the rains. Last year they failed. In England we search the sky for a gap in the cloud cover which might permit the sun to break through for a spell and warm our faces. Here at this time of the year people scan the empty sky in search of rain … More Salt, light and dust
This is a country of contrasts. Turning off the ‘Nairobi super highway’ onto ordinary roads which may or may be tarmacked, you need to watch out for potholes lest they wreck your suspension. Minibuses known as matatu provide local transport. Passengers are packed in like sardines, often hanging out of the open door is the … More Contrasts