Understanding The Former Bishop of Durham, Dr. David Jenkins

The former Bishop of Durham, Dr. David Jenkins, has died.  His theological viewpoints were always much more nuanced than were reported, or misreported, in the press at the time.  Nonetheless, what I thought was always rather striking was his espousal of a very publicly engaged form of Christianity, where the questions and answers were worked … More Understanding The Former Bishop of Durham, Dr. David Jenkins

Etty Hillesum: A Story Of Spiritual Transformation

Look at Etty Hillesum’s entry in Wikipedia and you’ll see that her occupation is listed as ‘writer’.  In actuality, she was so much more than that; anyone who has read her diaries, or secondary sources based on them, would be strongly inclined to bestow upon her the moniker of ‘mystic’ too.  Such mysticism was inextricably … More Etty Hillesum: A Story Of Spiritual Transformation

The Lure Of Eastern Orthodoxy & Monastic Spirituality

Orthodox Christianity has always fascinated me.  The continuity of beautiful liturgy and iconography makes for a unique expression of the Christian faith. Nowhere is this continuity more evident than in Mount Athos in Greece. The holy peninsula reaches some 31 miles out into the Aegean Sea, and it is here that for over a thousand years … More The Lure Of Eastern Orthodoxy & Monastic Spirituality

Living a Meaningful Life – A Universal Call to Activism

“One little person giving all her time to peace, can make news. Many people, giving some of their time, can make history.” So said the inspirational ‘Peace Pilgrim’, otherwise know as Mildred Lisette Norman (July 18, 1908 – July 7, 1981). Between 1953 and 1981, the Peace Pilgrim walked more than 25,000 miles across the USA spreading her … More Living a Meaningful Life – A Universal Call to Activism

Looking to a New Year: Stepping out into the Unknown

This blog posting is the text of a sermon entitled ‘Stepping Out into the Unknown‘ preached by me on 4th January 2009. My text is Matthew Chapter Two, Verses Nine to Ten:  “When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until … More Looking to a New Year: Stepping out into the Unknown