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Lessons from the Thai Cave Rescue

Lessons from the Thai Cave Rescue

It felt like the whole world, whatever our differences, has been united around our shared hope that the children and their coach be rescued. I call the source of the shared unity, that shared energy, “God”. You use whatever term you feel more comfortable with. 17 days. Mission impossible. I was certainly conscious of them… Continue Reading

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Stephen Hawking Meets God

Stephen Hawking Meets God

There is plenty of debate whether Stephen Hawking believed in God or not. He used the word ‘God’ and spoke about explaining the universe as glimpsing ‘the mind of God’. But he didn’t use the word ‘God’ in the sense of a ‘guy in the sky’ – which is the way a lot of religious… Continue Reading

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A Year in God’s Service

A Year in God’s Service

Lots of places are beginning to offer a year that is different for young people: combining contemplative practice, study, service, and community. I’m not concerned who is copying whom – or whether they are spontaneously springing up in different ways in different places. I like the concept of Humanitas (video above), where young people live… Continue Reading

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Is This Prayer Illegal?

Is This Prayer Illegal?

A lot of articles have recently been discussing the New Zealand law concerning publicly talking about a person’s suicide. The law is that, until the Coroner has ruled that it was a suicide, people cannot talk publicly about this. Most people will be very aware of the understanding not to encourage “copycat suicides“. Many will… Continue Reading

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Cherishing what God Commands

Cherishing what God Commands

On Sunday 25 October, Roman Catholics and Anglicans/Episcopalians again share a common collect. I am working on producing a full set of shared collects for the church year. My work so far can be found here: Book of Prayers in Common. My rendering for this coming Sunday and the week following is: Let us pray… Continue Reading

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Advent 1

Let us pray (in silence) [that we long for the advent of Christ] Pause Almighty God,         [or God of hope or God of justice and peace] give us grace to cast away the works of darkness, and to put on the armour of light, now in the time of this mortal… Continue Reading

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Psalm 137

Psalm 137

In many ways, in many places, this has been a bleak month. War, and more war…, suicide, riots,… How can we sing God’s song in this context… And we find people taunting us. We find our inner voices taunting us… So Psalm 137 articulates this reality. In its time, the incredible had happened: the Southern… Continue Reading

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