I came across a very widespread quote the other day that made me stop and think for a few seconds – ‘A lot of what weighs you down isn’t yours to carry.’ Yes, I have seen it before, but for some reason it resonated with me that day. Perhaps it was because I felt an … More The Burdens We Carry…
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
‘I am because we are; we are all one‘ says Archbishop Desmond Tutu as he describes the essence of the African philosophy of Ubuntu. In his 1999 book No Future Without Forgiveness, Tutu gives a fuller explanation of the Ubuntu concept: ‘A person with Ubuntu is open and available to others, affirming of others, does not … More Embracing Oneness: Tutu & Ubuntu
Around me stood the oaks and firs; Pine-cones and acorns lay on the ground; Over me soared the eternal sky, Full of light and of deity; Again I saw, again I heard, The rolling river, the morning bird; — Beauty through my senses stole; I yielded myself to the perfect whole. A few lines from … More Poetic Musings on Nature
“The only two certainties in life are death and taxes” according to Mark Twain……..and a few others that came before and after him. So, what actually happens when we die? All faiths and wisdom traditions have something to say about the destiny of our ‘soul’ (however that is defined) when our bodies die. But what does science say? Perhaps this is … More What Happens When We Die?