Understanding Non-Violence: Merton, Bonhoeffer, King, and Scriptural Discernment

I came across a shocking statistic the other day. It was part of an article published at the beginning of the year in ‘Psychology Today’ and was written by the US psychologist Ana Nogales. And the statistic is this: ‘When a child becomes a legal adult, they will have seen 16,000 assassinations and 200,000 acts … More Understanding Non-Violence: Merton, Bonhoeffer, King, and Scriptural Discernment

Thomas Merton: The Transforming Nature of Reality

Thanks to a friend I was reminded that it is 60 years and 1 day since Thomas Merton’s ‘epiphany’ moment in Louisville. Kentucky, when he recognised that our being is deeply rooted in God and each other.  Contemplation and revelation is not confined to the monastery and a select few; it is a calling from … More Thomas Merton: The Transforming Nature of Reality

Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton

Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton My Sermon from Cliftonville Moravian Church, Belfast, 25th December 2016 We come here this morning, in the midst of a hectic time of commemoration and celebration, to sit in this sacred space – a place of calm and reverence. This year has been a tough one – it is … More Christmas Reflections with Bonhoeffer & Merton

Discipleship In Homs: A Story Of Courage, Faith & Love In Action

‘No-one who knew Frans van der Lugt, the Dutch Jesuit priest murdered in Syria, was surprised by his refusal to leave the besieged city of Homs. He had spent almost 50 years in Syria and had been in Homs since the siege began more than two years ago’. So writes Bethlehem-based writer Daniel Silas Adamson in … More Discipleship In Homs: A Story Of Courage, Faith & Love In Action

Examining The Cost of Non-Violent Resistance: The Case Of Sophie Scholl

The iconic and heroic figure of Sophie Scholl still speaks to those of us who espouse non-violence in the modern age.  Scholl, who was a member of the White Rose resistance movement in Nazi Germany, paid for her activism with her life. Her implacable opposition to the nihilistic ideals of the Nazi party led to … More Examining The Cost of Non-Violent Resistance: The Case Of Sophie Scholl