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Good Communication is the Key to Social Justice

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Good evening / morning                          Having attended the evening service on the odd occasion I am aware that you are the group who enjoys silence. I too enjoy silence although I am here tonight to tell you why being “noisy’ is important too. Firstly a little about myself. I am not naturally someone who relishes […]

Reflecting on the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 Theses

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  Perhaps you have noted the clumsy and lengthy title to this homily – but, just in case, here it is: “Reflections of a Co-lapsing Protestant Catholic on the 500th Anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses”. (By the way Protestants preach longer sermons than Catholics and ex-Catholics!)   But first my mind goes back 27 […]

Jesus in a Post-Christian World

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You may have heard the well-known story about a famous physicist who was giving a talk about the Big Bang and modern theories of cosmology.   When he asked for questions, a lady got up and said she knew that he was wrong and that a turtle made the universe.  Not wishing to upset her, he […]

Spirit Journey into the Heart of Australia

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At the beginning of June I was fortunate enough to be able to attend a ‘Spirit Journey’ out at Alice Springs.   I was doubly fortunate that we only had a group of 6 participants on this trip, instead of the normal 12.   On the 25th May, 2 days before I left for Alice Springs […]

Walking a hidden treasure The Larapinta Trail in Central Australia

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In 2016 Tim Easton walked 224km in 15 days of the Larapinta Trail in West MacDonnell Ranges, Central Australia. Tim shared something of this wonderful adventure with us. This is an extraordinarily ancient section of our planet and in many places the 800 million year old sea floor can be seen rising vertically in great […]

International Mother Earth Day

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The United Nations’ International Mother Earth Day, 22nd April 2017, has the theme Environmental and Climate Literacy. It is being celebrated this year to remind us that the Earth and its ecosystems give us life and sustenance.We are reminded of a collective duty to promote harmony with Nature and the Earth to achieve a just […]

WABI-SABI

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“Wabi Sabi is about the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent & incomplete.”  says Leonard Koren,  American artist and aesthetics expert and writer. “There is beauty in transience, the perishable, the impermanent’’. Already as a child we are taught that a colouring-in  picture is only beautiful if it is coloured within the lines and with the […]

BREAD AND ROSES

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  Last Wednesday was International Women’s Day; a day to remember women’s contribution to the advancement of humanity.  It was declared by the United Nations in 1975. It may surprise some to know that such a day has actually been around for more than 100 years.  The first women’s day was celebrated in the United […]

Times when people paused

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  Last year I visited the WWI battlefields in Northern France and also my homeland in Ireland. My story about death is about a young British soldier. 100 years ago the world was in the grip of the first world war enacting the carnage of the Western Front. If Homer, who two and a half […]

REFLECTIONS ON DEATH

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With the death of my father in recent weeks I would like to speak a little about death and if you can indulge me I would like to begin with a favourite story of mine. A very old man lay dying in his bed. In death’s doorway, he suddenly smelled the aroma of his favourite […]