Category Archives: women

Dangerous insects

I happened to acquire a copy of C.S. Lewis’ Surprised by Joy at the weekend.  Yes, I know I should have read it ages ago, but I find him hard-going, apart from the Narnia novels (and sometimes those are a … Continue reading

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The shaky ego

So the Prime Minister is rattling the sabre again.  After a week of embarrassment and bad news, he is to announce a tough new approach to crime and imprisonment, in which ‘retribution will not be a dirty word’.  And the £46 routinely given … Continue reading

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Women only

I was disappointed that in the Lectionary readings, the awful story of the Levite and his concubine (Judges 19-20) was omitted. It tells of how he found shelter for the night in Gibeah, and the men of the city called … Continue reading

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Too much, so nothing

The last time I had a longish break in blogging was because there was an excess of Church stuff that was taking all my time and energy to process;  this time, it’s because of a summer that has been filled … Continue reading

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Yours = mine

I’ve just watched the 2005 film Joyeux Noel  – about the unofficial truce that happened in the WW1 trenches at Christmas 1914.  They showed German, French and Scottish soldiers singing, drinking and playing football together.   And worshipping.  The DVD box described the priest … Continue reading

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Summer School

A prayer today for the students starting Summer School in the Scottish Episcopal Church’s Theological Institute.  This year, they are starting with a retreat, which seems like a very good idea, before they get down to studying the ecumenical scene.  … Continue reading

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Cornton Vale

A friend of mine knows how to get me worked up – by pressing the ‘Cornton Vale button’.  I was a part-time chaplain there from 2000-3, and it’s the sort of experience you don’t forget. How can we  ‘do justice … Continue reading

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