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This month is of special significance to me. May 27 would have been my Mum’s 100th birthday. She died in 1976 aged just 52. The next blog post will say a bit more about her but I wanted to mark this occasion by offering up to 25% off all my Read more…

A thin place

In the recent BBC series The Pilgrimage, seven celebrities (although I’d only heard of one of them) walked the Pilgrim’s Way in North Wales. Along their journey, they discussed many aspects of spirituality and belief, and displayed both understanding and vulnerability (although the programmes were notable for the absence of Read more…

Driven or called?

I went back to school last week. This was the third occasion my role as one of the voluntary chaplains with South West Ministry Training Course (SWMTC) had taken me to the lovely city of Salisbury for Easter School (or Lent School, depending on the dates) It was an enjoyable, Read more…

God’s grief

Sunday is a day on which I often do something many consider to be important but others less so. The ironing. It is not so much the task which I enjoy (although I don’t mind it) but what I do while doing it – and it passes the time too. Read more…

All manner of things

Over the last few weeks, I’ve continued to reflect on the words of Reverend Richard Coles who, in thinking about Jesus’ words in John’s Gospel 10:10, said: ‘Life in all its fullness is about love, joy, fear, despair, grief, sadness and everything else we experience that is harsh and difficult. Read more…

Look at it this way

Ranting and having a moan is an intrinsic part of human nature. Like most people, I’ve been both perpetrator and receiver of criticism. Like most people, I’ve been criticised for getting something wrong or doing what I considered to be the right thing (I am an ex-public servant, after all, Read more…

The label

All human life was there. A Saturday evening in A&E is a reminder of how quickly life can change. I was with somebody for whom life had inflicted such a change. Other people came and (a few hours later) went. The mother in excruciating pain supported by her young daughter. Read more…