Monthly Archives: November 2010

Deep and crisp and uneven

Well, Holy Trinity’s statistics continue to be skewed by events!  Yesterday’s snowfall meant that it was the fit, brave and/or foolhardy who managed church.  And since we were dedicating a baby to God, it also meant that our average age was about … Continue reading

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And now for a story

A week lurching from thing to disconnected thing – but with a thread of ‘stories’.  It started with meeting Methodists engaged in faith formation and encouragment and talking with them about how one story of growth is worth a whole … Continue reading

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1, 2, 3, 4 …

The Last Sunday after Pentecost – yesterday’s Day of Reckoning.  It’s when we are asked to take a snapshot of congregational numbers:  how many attending the Sunday services.  These are ultimately published for all to see (well, for those interested … Continue reading

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democrats or barbarians?

  Medieval Week at the Royal Society of Edinburgh:  a feast of lectures and discussions over a huge range of topics.  I chose last night’s pair:  ‘The past as propaganda’, looking at the Declaration of Arbroath (1320), and at the … Continue reading

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Girlpower

I saw ‘Made in Dagenham’ last night – a ‘feel-good’ film about female machinists at the Ford Dagenham car plant striking in 1968 for equal pay.  It was great to wallow in 1960s nostalgia, and to cheer at the end, … Continue reading

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Breaking the mould

In homage to the season, I’ve been reading about women in the French Resistance in WW2 (Sisters in the Resistance by Margaret Weitz).  I hadn’t realised what a socially reactionary regime Vichy France was – urging women to stay at home … Continue reading

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Scapegoats

Nicholas Cranfield reviewed ‘The Art of Faith’, an exhibition about art and belief at Norwich Castle Museum, in the Church Times.  On display is a panel which depicts a boy with three nails driven into his head, holding a hammer and nail.  … Continue reading

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