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Ray's Blog: June 2016

Post Brexit Fractures - Now Heal The Split In The Western Psyche

Visitors to Holy Island from all parts of UK and beyond bring horror stories of post Brexit hatred of foreigners and of unprecedented abuse on trains and in the work place. Even an English woman who works in a Welsh hospital has been calumnied. UK workers from Europe are in...
Posted at 09:07am on 29th June 2016

Paul The Comedian, The Papal Preacher And Patmos

To Windmill Farm Conference Centre and Adventure Camp Site, Oxfordshire, UK for the Community of Aidan and Hilda’s Annual Gathering, which was packed to capacity. Its theme was Releasing our God-given Creativity. The childrens’ participation led by Amber Cole and team was brilliant. Saturday night was laughter night with...
Posted at 08:28am on 23rd June 2016

When The Church Roof Falls In Look What Comes Out

I felt guilty. I returned to Bowthorpe Church, near Norwich, some thirty years after the contract to build it was signed under my watch. . Now, the church roof needs to be replaced. Scaffolding and a roof without tiles met my gaze. The last thing this materially poor family of...
Posted at 02:26am on 16th June 2016

Fully Human

This week I speak at Abbey Summer School, Edinburgh whose theme is Fully Human. Loren Wilkinson and Mary Ruth Wilkinson give three addresses on the richness of, and challenges to, being human in the 21st century: ‘Animals, Angels, or Machines: What Are We?’;‘Feeding, Feasting, Fasting: Problems and Pleasures of Eating’;...
Posted at 11:46am on 8th June 2016

A Norway Parish Gives Me Hope

On Friday I drive three hours from Lake District to Lindisfarne in order to talk to a group of Presbyterian theological students from Mississippi. I pull up weeds, wash sheets and prepare beds since friends occupied the house while I was away and Tom Martin Berntsen stays here over the...
Posted at 03:43am on 2nd June 2016
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