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To Gandhi At British Parliament

I journeyed to the UK Parliament in London on the day Theresa May called a general election. There I met new and old friends to hear Professor Rajmohan Gandhi, the Mahatma's grandson, talk about issues between Muslims, Hindus and Christians that led to the partition of India and...
Posted at 07:23am on 23rd April 2017

From Holy Week To Resurrection Moments

During Holy Week * Sally Simpson was a house guest * Churches Together led a Good Friday Walk of Witness through Berwick, * a national newspaper rang me about their Easter Saturday feature on Holy Island pilgrims * a scientist drove four hundred miles to explore rhythm in nature...
Posted at 07:36am on 17th April 2017

No Man Is An Island

‘No Man is an Island’ (John Donne) is the theme of this year’s Abbey Summer School in Edinburgh 1- 3 June. I am preparing a TED talk (oldies can google this term for a ten minute pungent, topical and well-crafted talk) and a workshop.

The organisers explain: ‘The ‘abbey’...

Posted at 16:58pm on 10th April 2017

Aidan And Hilda Scotland

What an honour to host The Community of Aidan and Hilda's Scotland group at my house. Ruth Booth from the remote Shetland Isles joined twelve others. I spoke about the Community's role in the world's changing future. Commentators divide voters into Nowhere People or Somewhere People. Nowhere...
Posted at 14:52pm on 2nd April 2017

From The Electrics To Sweet Sorrows

What a pleasure to host my friends Sammy and Kylie Horner and their USA friends Beky and Randy as they paused on the Border between gigs in Scotland and England. I have met up with Sammy and Kylie in Australia, Canada and UK and hope to visit their new...
Posted at 08:41am on 26th March 2017

The Art Of Balance

David Cole, our Community's Facebook Guide for Explorers, and author of 'The Mystic Path of Meditation: Beginning a Christ-centered Journey' stayed with me. Next day we drove to Holy Island and met those booked in to the retreat he is leading on Mindfulness. Before that we drove to Dunbar to...
Posted at 08:45am on 21st March 2017

No. 7's First Personalised Retreat

I celebrated my birthday with a meal at Shalom, on Holy Island, cooked by Carol, our host. Our trustees, Janet and Ray Bissex and Geoff and Joy Holt, our Open Gate Wardens, Kevin and Lesley Downham, and my P.A. Brenda shared in this delightful evening. Among a glittering array of...
Posted at 14:16pm on 13th March 2017

Spanish Omelette

My blog this week is like a Spanish omelette with three ingredients

1) I am on a convalescent package holiday at Fuerte Ventura on the Spanish Canary Islands. I laze by the sun-warmed pool, write sessions for the life-long course on a way of life, take one trip (to the...

Posted at 07:36am on 7th March 2017

Walls Or Hospitality?

Last week, as the world reeled from unholy rows, I undertook four duties back on Holy Island. One of these was to speak about Hospitality of the Heart at a pre-season Thank You Retreat for those who had volunteered to help at our Open Gate Retreat House during 2016....
Posted at 20:01pm on 27th February 2017


This Sleeping Beauty has stirred a little. Enough to lead worship in England's largest parish, so they tell me. A flock of up to half a million? Plus 600 humans, fourteen of whom came to worship and one of whom is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday! I...
Posted at 20:27pm on 16th February 2017
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