Lesotho Travels

Walking around the main streets at the centre of Lesotho’s capital city, Maseru, has reminded me of the importance of second visits. My first visit to this Mountain Kingdom, landlocked entirely by South Africa, was in the autumn of 2015. I travelled with Rosemary and a group of around...

ON LEAVING LESOTHO

We are a world awash with smartphones. Here in the midst of much poverty smartphones are everywhere, most notably amongst the young. Alongside the banks it is the phone shops that look the smartest and appear the most frequented. Even out in the remote villages smartphones are to be...

ROME EXTRAORDINARY SYNOD REFLECTIONS 6

So at the end it all came down to 62 minutes of secret electronic voting on the text of the Relatio Synodi.one minute for each paragraph. All the talking and debating done; simply Synod Fathers ‘is this paragraph Placet or Non Placet?’. Two thirds needed for it to be...

Christmas 2014 – some reflections

Christmas always conjures up stories and images of children waking up excitedly on Christmas Day to open presents that have mysteriously arrived in stockings, pillow cases and under brightly decorated trees. It is a time of smiles and laughter; of fun and games. Lavishly made TV specials add to...

CHRISTMAS DAY SERMON

Every second 4 babies are born around the world. By my calculation that means that in our Christmas Day thus far around 168,000 have been born. They have been born in so many different circumstances; smart hospitals, less smart ones, refugee camps, birthing centres, street corners, the back seats...

ASHES TO GO

7.15am Ash Wednesday and the Rector, Curate, retired priest, 2 Readers and half a dozen church members walk down the few yards from St Michael and All Angels, Houghton Le Spring to the bus station. Robes are being worn; small pots of ash are in the hands of the...

48 Hours in Burundi

I visited Burundi last week on behalf of Archbishop Justin, and personally, to encourage Archbishop Bernard Ntahoturi, the bishops and people of the Anglican Church of Burundi at this time of deep crisis for their nation. Relationships matter; face to face meeting is important in showing that we care....

SABBATICAL STUDY LEAVE – What I did and why Part 1

INTRODUCTION I last took 3 months sabbatical study leave in 1998 whilst I was Team Rector of Walthamstow. In theory I should have then taken some more 7 years after becoming a bishop; this would have been 2011. So this sabbatical study leave had felt a long time coming. Planning...

SABBATICAL STUDY LEAVE 2 What I did and...

I began my sabbatical study leave by attending an international consultation on Child Theology. This gave real space to engage freshly with theological exploration of what it means to do theology where the child is placed in the midst of us all by Jesus. Many of those attending also...

Sabbatical Study Leave 3 – Poverty

INTRODUCTION Walking into a Batwa home seeing a couple of blankets on the dirt floor of a room no more than 8’x8′ and being told that 4 children share this space every night is seeing poverty starkly. Yet these 4 children smile and are cheery. They proudly showed us...