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Aboriginal Weepings And Jesus' Forebears

A royal commission into institutional child abuse in Australia reported last December and some repentance for the historical (and current ) sins of the church seemed in order.  In this spirit Aidan and Hilda member Heather Johnston has organised an artwork (a mural with 4 panels) to be...

Posted at 07:39am on 17th August 2018

Prayer For Rain

 

 The globe is getting hotter. Fires rage and crops dry up. In response to a request Aidan and Hilda South African Voyager Bishop ERic PIke, although undergoing severe chemotherapy for cancer, composed this prayer for rain:

 

A Prayer for Rain

 

 

 

Posted at 17:17pm on 8th August 2018

Critics Of Celtic Spirituality

I am engaged in three massive writing projects. One of these has been accumulating on my computer since the revised edition of my 'Exploring Celtic Spirituality' was published in 2004.  Since then I have noted every serious criticism of Celtic Spirituality, examined and reflected upon the sources.

How does one do...

Posted at 09:32am on 3rd August 2018

Sages And Soul Friends

 This week I received two messages I share with you.

Sages

'I am exploring the understanding  of ‘a company of sages’ which you mentioned to me in our early days in Cape Town, talking to several friends about its meaning, and the role sages play in society – wisdom figures I suppose,...

Posted at 14:38pm on 27th July 2018

Elders In Towns

I contribute to Berwick Advertiser's Thought for the Week column. Here is my latest article: <p>

I received a card from a very old friend which said  ‘I suffer from the Methuselah tendency’.  I decided to  investigate this tendency. I learned from the Book of Genesis that Methuselah had...

Posted at 09:02am on 20th July 2018

Anglesey New Monastic Retreats

I am at Llandonna, Ynys Mon (Anglesey), North Wales. Ynys Mon is the traditional bread basket of Wales. Can it now offer the bread of life to a spiritually depleted land? <p>

My host, James Percival,  took me by boat around Ynys Seiriol. The English call this nature reserve, with its...

Posted at 09:18am on 13th July 2018

Tides And Seasons

Never before, over twenty five years on Holy Island, can I recall such warm sun  every day of a week's retreat. I had rather short notice to shape and sharpen material for this retreat on Tides and Seasons.<p>

Retreatants came from Canada, England, Scotland, South Africa, USA and Wales.  We...

Posted at 18:33pm on 6th July 2018

Soul Friends

 This week began with me sharing in an Australian Winter Solstice Prayer time on skype, and then being invited to sit in on their Caim Council: 'When good intentions are frozen, when relationships are chilled, when our lives are capsized by storms, may we find our heart in you, O...

Posted at 11:54am on 29th June 2018

Three Days: Three Countries: One Well-spring

On Tuesday I drove to Holy Island to meet a couple from Germany. One of them, a church leader, no longer found God only in his private and church framework. Now he sought God also in nature, the work-place and in other traditions. So he came to learn...
Posted at 07:59am on 22nd June 2018

Annual Gathering - Is Revival Coming?

We returned from The Community of Aidan and Hilda's Annual Week-End at Windmill Farm Adventure Center in Oxfordshire. Our keynote speaker was Ken McIntosh from USA. He challenged us to draw from spiritual well-springs but not to fall prey to false constructs or to political or religious prejudice....
Posted at 11:00am on 14th June 2018
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