It often strikes me just how convoluted we make our Christian faith appear, when in reality, at its core, it is relatively straightforward. Granted, the Disciples often misunderstood Jesus and struggled with the countercultural essence of his narrative; and so do we. But in essence, Jesus’ message was clear, especially when we consider the pragmatism … More ‘When I Needed A Neighbour?’
I am quite a fan of TEDtalks – there have been many fabulous talks and enlightening speakers presenting on a wide-range of subjects from surviving a suicide attempt to becoming an activist, with almost every conceivable topic in-between. Strangely enough religious leaders often do not make the best speakers, regardless of the topic they’re exploring. … More Equality, Solidarity & Tenderness – A Unique TEDtalk
This is the text of my New Year sermon, shared today at Cliftonville Moravian Church in Belfast: Moving into 2017: Recognizing the Value of All Human Life Last night, and in to the wee small hours, and across the globe, the words of one of Robert Burns’ most famous song – Auld Lang Syne – … More A New Year Call to Action: Empathy & Compassion in the Midst of Diversity
A recent study by Northeastern University’s David DeSteno, published in Psychological Science, gives a fascinating insight into the impact of meditation on interpersonal harmony and compassion. According to DeSteno, “The truly surprising aspect of this finding is that meditation made people willing to act virtuous – to help another who was suffering – even in the face of … More Can Meditation Really Make You A More Compassionate Person?
Albert Schweitzer (14 January 1875 – 4 September 1965) was unique. A theologian, musician, philosopher, physician, and medical missionary and Nobel Peace Prize winner, Schweitzer was a Christian who lived out his faith in an intensely practical way. After giving up a career as a distinguished theologian, Schweitzer dedicated his life to serving God as … More Rediscovering Orthopraxy
Dawn Loggins grew up in a home with no electricity or running water. Her home life was chaotic. Before the start of her senior year at Burns High School, where she also works as a janitor, she was abandoned by her parents and found herself homeless. Rather than turning her over to the Department of … More From Homeless to Harvard!
According to Kristin Neff, Professor of Human Development & Culture at the University of Texas at Austin: ‘People can use their skills of compassion for others to learn how to be more self-compassionate. Whenever you find yourself being very harsh with yourself, you can think of the types of warm, supportive things you’d say to … More Can Being More Compassionate Toward Others Make Us More Self-Compassionate?
Film director Sir Ridley Scott recently launched a contest with a world-wide reach aimed at aspiring directors. Scott’s initiative was entitled ‘Tell it Your Way’ and attracted in excess of 600 entries. The rules stipulated that the film must be no longer than three minutes, contain only six lines of narrative and be a compelling … More Porcelain Unicorn
I have finally got round to watching Velcrow Ripper’s award-winning documentary, ‘Scared Sacred’. Against the backdrop of a world overwhelmed by turmoil and suffering, Ripper sets out on a unique, and often difficult, pilgrimage. His task is to visit what he calls the ‘Ground Zeros’ of the planet, and in doing so, he poses the … More Film Review: ‘Scared Sacred’