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Reflect ... Momentum

This week I led a retreat for the Reflect network in the glorious setting of the gardens and hills of Yorkshire's Parcevall Hall. The theme was: 'Ancient Prayer Practices for a Post Christian World: learning from saints, seasons and soul friends'.

Parcivall Hall's owner. Sir William Milner, bequeathed it to...

Posted at 17:57pm on 19th October 2017

Forth To Farne

I was invited to a service at St. Mary’s Parish Church, Whitekirk. to celebrate the launch of the Forth to Farne Way, a Pilgrimage Route between North Berwick and Lindisfarne.

The full length is 72 miles, but this has been divided into eleven stages between 2 and 13 miles long....

Posted at 16:31pm on 13th October 2017

Bethlehem's Road

'Bethlehem's Road: a journey through advent' is out in good time for use by individuals and churches. This is my latest book and it is published by Kevin Mayhew.

There are forty daily reflections. Each ends with a Bible reading and prayer. The first ten days clear away ten road blocks -...

Posted at 14:33pm on 5th October 2017

Teething Problems

The Pilgrimage for Life on-line course is going strong but has hit a reef or two.

 1) A confusion for many:

Not everyone digested the information that every second week we pause in order to engage in the spiritual formation exercises. So now this notice...

Posted at 11:52am on 26th September 2017

The Time Has Come

The time has come for the Autumn Equinox in the northern hemisphere (Spring Equinox in the southern), Friday 22 September. We leave behind the frantic pursuits of summer and embrace the season of slow ripening and rich storehousing of memories. We may tunnel deeper into the things of God, but...
Posted at 09:05am on 22nd September 2017

Movements

• We launched the on-line Pilgrimage of Life on September 1. Within its first week 72 had enrolled and 9 had joined its Face-book page. Now students flock back to high schools and universities. Help us to reach them and register our first 1000 enrolments. The world situation is urgent....
Posted at 09:37am on 16th September 2017

Three Brilliant Launches

The first launch was The On-line Pilgrimage for Life. Preparing the daily emails for this has been my bread and butter and my passion for nearly two years. It would not have been possible without a great team. Australia's Bruce Challener has devoted enormous energy into setting up the...
Posted at 16:38pm on 8th September 2017

They Lived Well.

St. Mary's Holy Island was packed for the funeral of Lady Rose Crossman. 'Her whole life was devoted to service' a resident said to me. This poem of Robert Louis Stevenson was read:

She has achieved success who has lived well,

Laughed and loved much;

Who has gained the respect of intelligent...

Posted at 21:56pm on 1st September 2017

Aidan And Hilda's Children

On August 25 that saintly abbess Hilda was placed in a shrine at York. On August 31 her mentor, Aidan, died. Our dispersed community members, whether or not they 'do saints', observes August 25 -31 as Aidan and Hilda Week. Tides and times wait for no one, however, so this...
Posted at 04:06am on 26th August 2017

What's Church In A Post-christian Era?

What an interesting mix. I accompanied a pilgrim group at The Open Gate after they had walked Cuthbert's Way. Half came from Norway's Bible Belt: half were open-ended Swedes who, even if they did not go to church, liked asking questions.

Which is why our final session together explored...

Posted at 08:07am on 18th August 2017
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