Monthly Archives: May 2011

A film for next Lent?

I caught up with the film, The Way Back last night.  Based on a  supposedly true story published in 1956, it tells of how a group of escapees from a gulag in Siberia crossed the Gobi desert and the Himalayas to … Continue reading

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Kissing lepers?

It started with the radio news scare of an e-coli  outbreak in Germany from Portugese organic cucumbers,  which distracted my mind before the early eucharist.  I’m not really paranoid,  but there are two family sagas of typhoid in our recent history which … Continue reading

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I saw Dunsinane at the Edinburgh Lyceum last night – it’s David Greig’s sequel to Macbeth, and an amazingly good one.  The play explores what happens after a ‘tyrant’ is dead, and an occupying army tries to establish ‘peace’ in a country … Continue reading

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The Gathering

Yesterday was the second ‘Gathering’ of the diocese  in the Cathedral – a ‘Casting the Net’ event where we focussed on on of our Marks of Mission’, Rooted in prayer, word and sacrament.   It was a chance to go to … Continue reading

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The first day of the rest of … etc

Here are ten things I’m going to do now: 1. Get a good night’s sleep 2. Not turn out the attic 3. Plant my courgettes and mange touts 4. Climb up through the bluebells on the Back Walk to the … Continue reading

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Street Pastors

Who is this describing:  out on the streets;  wearing everyday clothes;  making friends with everybody and anybody;  proclaiming the Good News in deed and action;  trying to work out their relation to the organised churches;  likely to revive the church … Continue reading

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Dementia awareness

Today we had an excellent clergy training afternoon at the Dementia Services Development Centre in Stirling University’s Iris Murdoch Centre.   For us, it offered a chance to learn about the condition and its impact on the lives of the sufferer … Continue reading

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