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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...

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...

HOLY WEEK 3

John 13.21-32 Jesus was troubled in spirit. Previously we read Jesus at prayer, ‘Now is my soul troubled. And what shall I say? Farher save me from this hour? But for this purpose I have come to this hour. Father,glorify your name.'(12.27) The troubled Jesus is in turmoil; he is inwardly deeply distressed and going […]

HOLY WEEK 2

John 12.20-36 Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it remains alone, but if it dies… Inevitably this verse takes me back to my inauguration sermon and my reflections on the parable of the mustard seed, where one tiny seed grows into a great bush. That parable speaks of the kingdom […]

HOLY WEEK

Holy week is a time for reflection and meditation. It will include self-examination but this always needs to be less ‘self’ examination and more about seeking to open ourselves to God’s examination, allowing his light to shine into our lives. This always exposes corners, or whole rooms of our lives that we have hidden away […]

HEADING TO ROME SYNOD

Excitement, intrigue and a touch of nervousness fill me as I prepare to attend the extraordinary synod of bishops on the theme of “The Pastoral Challenges of the Family in the Context of Evangelisation”. I am attending, at the Archbishop of Canterbury’s request, as the Fraternal Delegate from the Anglican Communion. It is a deep […]

GROWING FAITH

The Growing Faith report and General Synod motion agreed on February 22nd are hugely welcome. They are the next step on a long journey...

Final Reflection

Sat in Doha airport waiting to board the London bound plane gives a few minutes to write on the final 2 days of what has been an inspiring, educative, and challenging journey. The combination of MPs, Southwell Diocesan folk and a Christian Aid staff member has worked well. We all agree this is the case. […]

Christians and the Poor

This is the paper I contributed as part of the panel on Christians and the Poor at Sant Egidio International Meeting “Bridges of Peace....
The Right Revd Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham is to about to embark on the fifth set of prayer walks around his Diocese, aimed...