Popcorn & Prayers

When I started this blog I wanted to share something of the journey of exploring my vocation and also the decision, reality and recovery from open heart surgery. I tried to be clear from the beginning with myself and whoever would read this that the destination was certainly not a foregone conclusion. I have often…

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Center Priory

It was a damp and somewhat inauspicious Saturday morning earlier this autumn that saw me making a short pilgrimage with other members of Great St Mary’s, to rural Suffolk.  I was a little nervous as I knocked on the ancient door and somewhat mischievously conjured in my mind images of strangers seeking shelter at the spooky…

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Reformation Revisited

Something that has received surprisingly little media coverage in the UK this autumn is the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. Given that this movement of challenge to the establishment of the day had such profound effect on society with “common man” being able to read and study the bible in “his” own tongue, perhaps it…

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Retreat to the ‘other place’

For those of you who know me a little, you perhaps won’t be surprised that one of the questions that quite often goes through my head….is what to wear?   This was no less the case when faced with the prospect of what to pack for a spiritual retreat. However, with sartorial considerations aside, in September…

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From Plaistow to Passchendaele

Last Sunday I followed in the footsteps of family members long gone by taking part in the morning worship of the Parish church of St Mary’s, Plaistow.  A hundred years to the day, my great great uncle, Fred Cearns was struck down on the battlefield of Passchendaele, near Yprés.  I was at the church with…

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Faces of Faith

I have spent the last 30 days surrounded by a host of larger than life faces watching my every move.  Before you ask, no it is not the latest reality TV offering from Channel 5, but instead the lot of a guardian of an art exhibition.    After a chance (or perhaps not) meeting, the…

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