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When I survey the scaffold cross

I wrote this for Great St Mary’s, the University Church, Cambridge’s Newsletter, having been recently appointed by Great St Mary’s as Marketplace Chaplain. I wonder how many people have noticed that there is a humble, even industrial looking cross presiding high above the marketplace.  Perhaps it’s my artist’s eye, but I find myself looking at…

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With palms held high against crisp blue sky, we raised our voices as folk passed by

As we negotiated bin lorries and caused consternation amongst the Cambridge visitors, the congregation of Great St Mary’s steadily made its way around the market square. Blessed with blue sky and sunshine and with a constant proclamation of “all glory laud and honour”, on this Palm Sunday, we processed around the parish. When outside the…

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Barriers and blessings

On a blustery March evening, under gloomy skies, combined voices lifted sublimely into the ancient stonework as the people came forward to be marked with the ashes of the past. Admittedly, being daubed with soot is not everyone’s idea of a good time, but last night the congregation of Great St Mary’s joined with millions…

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Fireworks and final curtain

I start this blog with my usual caveat : these are my personal reflections and sharing of my experience and despite my continuing endeavour to approach a topic holistically, this will always be informed by my perspective. On this occasion I also feel the need to offer a second caveat : that what follows includes…

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Latte & Liturgy

Currently I’m sitting in the lovely Stir cafe in Cambridge (other lovely cafes in Cambridge are available 😉 ) recovering from a dental check up… You may or may not know , but if you have a heart condition, dental health becomes even more important as dental infection can quickly reach the heart. It’s nearly…

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Marketing the Magi

Whilst many were regretting that extra helping of Christmas pudding and contemplating another day on the sofa, I found myself instead occupied with another annual tradition of reflecting on the year passed. It has certainly been quite a year; from dog collar contender, to pilgrim and artist www.instagram.com/pocket_of_art.  My physical and spiritual journey have both…

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Day 8 : Woodland wonders

Goodness what a day ! One of my longest on the Camino- just short of 14 miles . It’s involved close encounters with speeding lorries in the rain (thankfully it was only my hat that blew off in the backdraft! ) ; – #caminosantiago please invest in some more paths so pilgrims don’t have to…

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Day 7 : Crossroads

This morning was an enchanting intertwining of autumn mist and sunlight. It was an artist or photographer’s delight! I have been completely surprised by the beauty on this walk. It has been so full of treasures. As I was walking through beautiful woodland today I reached a cross roads, at this point the Camino was…

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