Thought for the Week

July 14, 2019

The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost

Rejection hurts. Everyone knows this. It doesn’t matter whether it is in a familial, romantic, school, work, sport setting rejection by a person or the group hurts. Psychology will talk about the neurological and physical experience being actually painful and very deep rooted in us be-cause we need others – our ‘tribe’ – and thus we […]

July 7, 2019

The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost

My father was one of thousands of Polish soldiers interned in Switzerland during World War 2 and who stayed there after the war (choosing not to return home because Communism ruled there). Our family knows little about this decade of his life and my sister who has done our family history wanted to follow up […]

June 30, 2019

The Third Sunday after Pentecost

I like the beach. I am not so much a ‘bobber’ or a ‘baker’ – bobbing in the water or (sun)baking on the sand are not high on my list of fun things to do – but I like swimming and body surfing (and maybe one day I’ll even learn how to get up on […]

June 16, 2019

The Holy Trinity

Here’s a random fact–there are 270 species of termites in Australia but only 8 species are of economic concern–ie. they’ll eat your house (says Dr Ken Walker, Senior Curator of Entomology at Museums Victoria on ABC’s Ockham’s Razor [19/5/19]). How do you know whether you’ve got a ‘bad’ one, well you identify it, and check […]

June 9, 2019

Pentecost

Who determines who I am? Me or you (with you being you or society or events or circumstances)? The rising awareness of identity politics would suggest that I say who I am. The rising conflicts in some quarters would suggest that not everyone is agreeing! Of course there’s always going to be tensions here – […]

June 2, 2019

The Seventh Sunday of Easter

The virtual reality church segment on BBC Radio Sunday piqued my interest. While there is a pastor and there are people, there is no church building as such and the congregation meets in virtual reality or by watching it online. The pastor said that his work is particularly for those who for whatever reason can’t […]

May 26, 2019

The Sixth Sunday of Easter

Writing these ‘blurbs’ is always interesting in terms of fast and slow. Sometimes the idea or incident or trigger just leaps onto the page and at other times I am in the Outback with not even a drop of an idea. It occurred to me that I’d write about time. That was because this week […]

May 19, 2019

The Fifth Sunday of Easter

As part of BBC Radio’s ‘Forest 404’ – a sci-fi thriller set in the 24th Century in a world where forests have been erased from history – I listened to a talk ‘Death in the Digital Age’ by Katie Thornton – researcher, public historian, and audio storyteller. I found it intriguing. Previously to remember the […]

May 12, 2019

The Fourth Sunday of Easter

The interconnectedness of things today –and of life –can take my breath away. Last Sunday morning I drove down to BBC Radio Essex to give the Reflection –a 3 minute one-take, live, try-and-make-no-mistakes reading which is topical in terms of the latest news and reflective in terms of religion (without ‘bagging’ other religions or points […]

May 5, 2019

The Third Sunday of Easter

I had the misfortune of working on the wrong version of an essay this week. A student had emailed me a draft for comment. I am usually pretty meticulous about naming the files but this time I simply got it wrong and forgot that I had already commented on this version. (I did won-der why […]

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