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The Ecumenical Patriarch



Seven Community of Aidan and Hilda members and one friend  - Anglican, Lutheran, Orthodox and an inter-faith minister- came  from Norway, UK and USA to spend a week in pilgrimage in Istanbul during Advent, culminating in an hour’s audience with his All-Holiness, Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew, leader of the...

Posted at 17:14pm on 17th December 2018

Advents, Brexits And The God Of Surprises


 Advent recalls Jesus’ warnings -  fault lines beneath what’s false in our personal and international set-ups will be exposed and they will collapse. That’s the bad news. The good news is that this collapse can make space for Reality to step into centre stage. The reality...

Posted at 14:55pm on 30th November 2018

The Lost Kingdom

 This week I received two communications about Saint Hilda. The first alerted me to the new Netflix series THE LOST KINGDOM. It contained just two terse words: Brexit?  Hilda?

The second were these  notes from a talk to a Community of Aidan and Hilda area group:

Members spent a half day learning...

Posted at 08:16am on 30th November 2018

Villages Of God Amid Globalisation


A pioneer minister has contacted me about Villages of God. He is writing a dissertation on this topic. He hopes to start a pioneering think tank for the Church. The end goal is a growing number of people in different areas working out how Villages of God might work.

Posted at 14:43pm on 23rd November 2018

Europe's Wound And The Space Age

This week Angela Merkel spoke of 'Europe's wound' and UK's Parliament imploded over Brexit.

This week I read Stephen Hawkin's last book: Brief Answers to the Big Questions. He thinks we are now entering a new phase of human history; that either a nuclear confrontation or environmental catastrophe will cripple the...

Posted at 09:22am on 16th November 2018

The War To End All Wars: Will We Ever Learn?

The Northumberland (UK) members of The Community of Aidan and Hilda met overnight at Holy Island's Open Gate to renew their vows, share their life pilgrimage stories, and break bread together. Seven members joined with the three staff for a meaningful nineteen hours. One member, Maureen, is making many poppies...

Posted at 15:41pm on 4th November 2018

For All The Saints

The world's churches procaim 'we believe in the communion of saints' in their common creed. They believe that all Christians are called to be be saints, though some are more saintly than others.The Bible calls them 'the cloud of witnesses' (Hebrews 12:1). Celtic Christians knows them as 'the holy and...

Posted at 19:53pm on 1st November 2018








After six hours driving and two ferries I am on Saint Columba’s ‘Iona of my love.’ . ‘A thin place where only tissue paper separates the material from the spiritual’ said George McLeod. ‘That man is little to...

Posted at 16:30pm on 26th October 2018

Join Our Istanbul Pilgrimage


Aidan and Hilda Pilgrimage to  Ecumenical Patriarch in Istanbul

 Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew in Istanbul has graciously offered an audience to Aidan and Hilda and ecumenical friends on Saturday December 15 at 15.00. A member from Denmark, Norway, UK and USA have already signed up. We would love it if you can join...

Posted at 08:05am on 19th October 2018

Churches That Are Eco-communities


Spain's Costa Blanca was beautiful except for mosquitos at night. My sister Sally and I rented an air B&B along the road from the Irish family of our nephew Peter. We celebrated the birthdays of mother Fiona and daughter Cara. Friends from the European Union School where she teaches and...

Posted at 09:22am on 12th October 2018
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