Thought for the Week

August 6, 2017

The Ninth Sunday after Pentecost

The actress, Jodie Whitaker, is going to be the next Doctor when Peter Capaldi hands over the sonic screwdriver in the Christmas Special of Doctor Who. The announcement was important – the BBC interrupted its Wimbledon broadcast – and the WHOverse was definitely vocal. I’d say most were in favour of this regeneration from a […]

June 25, 2017

The Presentation of the Augsburg Confession

My week has been dominated by the ELCE financial audit. We have to give an account of our-selves to the world because in the UK the ELCE is a registered charity and there are certain responsibilities that go with that status and for which we receive certain privileges (the most notable being the receiving of […]

June 18, 2017

The Second Sunday after Pentecost

We might have been away but we weren’t out of touch. The fire. The election. ELCE Church politics. Marriage matters. Unemployment. Health concerns. People’s choices. Good news moments. Pregnancy. Hospital. Tests. Walking in the shadow of death. Reconciliations. And more. All intertwined with sunshine, azure water, amazing geology, boating, swimming, nice food, and scenery we’d […]

May 21, 2017

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

The ELCE’s Pastors’ Study Week has come and gone. So have the guests who joined us from Australia, Denmark, France, Ghana, Guatemala, Hong Kong and the United States – all of whom were so impressed that they said that they wanted to come again. (Or maybe they were just being polite?!) I am pleased I […]

May 14, 2017

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

It was one of those incidental conversations that happen at the back of an airplane. Old(er) men walking and stretching; a camaraderie in avoiding thrombosis. We struck up a conversa-tion and it wasn’t too long before I was in a world of international development aid, capacity building, human rights, and justice. It was all quite […]

April 23, 2017

The Second Sunday of Easter

I am speaking to you but you have no idea where I am. Where I am right now. (To be fair, I only have a hunch about where you are when you’re reading this.) You know the hemi-sphere and the country of my whereabouts – southern hemisphere and Australia. I might be alive or I […]

April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday

Compared with the amount of knowledge on the subject, I know little about alcohol. I know there are a variety of beers, ciders, wine, and spirits; ales, lagers, red wine, white wine, port, whiskey, rum – and I could list more! However I don’t know how they’re manufactured – ok, I’ve travelled through wineries and […]

February 19, 2017

The Seventh Sunday after The Epiphany

The Church of England’s General Synod certainly made the headlines this week with the rejec-tion of the Bishops’ report that the teaching and practice of the Church in relation to marriage should maintain the view that marriage, designed by God, is only for a man and a woman. The media’s prophecy that ‘gay marriage’ is […]

February 12, 2017

The Sixth Sunday after The Epiphany

The ELCE pastors met this week for their ‘Conference’ – though it is more like in-service, administration, and fellowship (there’s usually a pub meal in there some-where!). The meeting is called the Barnes Conference – I’ve no idea who named it – but the Barnes is Robert Barnes, a Lutheran martyred in 1540 in Smithfield […]

February 5, 2017

The Fifth Sunday after The Epiphany

Last week I conducted the funeral for Hildegarde Brammeier, wife of former ELCE Chairman Pastor Marvin Brammeier. They arrived in the ELCE from the US in 1957 and here – and heaven – are their homes. Because they’ve been involved in so much of the ELCE, many people from around the ELCE came to Coventry […]

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