The Scottish Episcopal Church decided, the week before lockdown began, that the best way to love its adherents and their families was to close church buildings to public worship, encouraging people to stay at home. This decision has been understood in many ways, from over-cautious… Read More
Like most people in the church I have watched the two episodes of BBC’s The Church’s Darkest Secret with horror, but not with surprise. I, like many of you, am aware of more to come from churches as people have finally found the courage to… Read More
I often tell people that I believe those who appear to be least able amongst us are blessings to help us learn the ways of the kingdom of heaven… This morning, this scene played out before me. I was sat in a cafe with someone… Read More
As a hospital chaplain, I spent many hours alongside people whose brains were deteriorating such that memory and cognition were no longer central to the way in which they encountered the world. As I watched people with advanced dementia sing and worship, I could not help but be caught up in the deep mystery of what it might mean to worship Jesus when you have forgotten who he is. Holding the hand of someone with advanced dementia and coming to realise that they are not someone who “used to be”, but someone who is important in the present and indeed has a vocation was, to say the least, humbling, challenging and quite beautiful.
Becoming Friends of Time
Bishop Anne Dyer wrote this article for Aberdeen’s Press and Journal, published on All Saints Day (November 1, 2018). It’s worth reading and thinking about. Many churches will be keeping All Saints Day tomorrow, so there’s still plenty of time to remember and offer your… Read More
From the very first moment that my journey towards priesthood was taken seriously by the church I received the simultaneous blessing of motherhood. And those three children are in many and various ways wonderful, inspiring, frustrating, delightful and exhausting. They are also all autistic in… Read More
Sometimes the hardest thing about Prayer is simply getting started. This video will introduce you to a simple way of praying with us.
Here in the SEC at least, Psalm 19 was set for Morning Prayer today. I always enjoy these lines (vv2-4), letting them roll on my tongue and in my mind many times over. One day tells its tale to another,* and one night imparts knowledge… Read More
*** Meditation Mondays *** Meditation Mondays *** Today the Astonishing Community remembers Mary Salome, the Myrrh Bearer. Salome was one of the women disciples of Jesus. According to Orthodox tradition, she was the daughter of St. Joseph the Betrothed and his first wife (who was also… Read More
I hadn’t heard of Triduana until I was asked to write the libretto for an opera about her life. Here are the “pictures” telling her story in poetry that are being worked into a musical masterpiece by the amazing Hannah Hayes. Antiphon Where wells run… Read More