Thought for the Week

May 27, 2018

The Holy Trinity

The new landscape of personal data protection is emerging because cyberspace never forgets and we are becoming aware of the need for a balance between privacy and the legitimate use of personal data. So we are entering a phase of consent and privacy notices, data principles leading to less – better still – no data […]

May 20, 2018

The Festival of Pentecost

We wish the Duke and Duchess of Sussex well. I was in a meeting all day yesterday so I missed the big event but I’ve now seen a few clips and pictures of the occasion. Sunshine, celebrations, happiness, ‘love is in the air’ … for what more could one ask? I was intrigued by Bishop […]

May 13, 2018

Seventh Sunday of Easter

I was in A&E for quite a few hours. All rooms were occupied and beds were in hallways inching along one wall then the next wall like aeroplanes waiting to lift off. I was standing next to a bed talking and getting out of the way as hospital staff, patients and family came past. It […]

April 29, 2018

Fifth Sunday of Easter

I am swimming currently – not drowning … yet! – in a sea of data protection. The new world of GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) comes into being 25th May and to be compliant and to use the data currently held, things have to be done by each congregation and by the ELCE. As always […]

April 22, 2018

Fourth Sunday of Easter

15 minutes. That’s what I’ve given myself to write this. Never done anything like this before and wonder whether I’ll have to stop mid sent- …  Sometimes the weeks get on top of you and sometimes at the beginning of the week you can just see the mountain in front of you – all […]

April 15, 2018

Third Sunday of Easter

Hilary Mantel, in last year’s Reith Lectures, said: As soon as we die, we enter into fiction. Just ask two different family members to tell you about someone recently gone, and you will see what I mean. Once we can no longer speak for ourselves, we are interpreted. When we remember – as psychologists so […]

April 8, 2018

Second Sunday of Easter

In my Easter sermon I asked the questions: Do you want to be a Christian? Do you want to be a Muslim? Do you want to be a Hindu? Do you want to be a Buddhist? And the replies were a resounding ‘No’ and various reasons were given that might be viewed as caricature or […]

April 1, 2018


Last week I mentioned that my phone was dying – almost on life support with its constant need to be plugged into the wall for intravenous electricity. I’m sorry to say that my phone died. No matter how many times I tried an electronic CPR there was no coming back. This week I can tell […]

March 28, 2018

Palm Sunday

My phone, it seems, is dying … by degrees. It’s been getting slower. I thought it was the battery – and maybe it is – but that’s not easily replaceable. So over the last week or so all the various things I can use the phone for – texts, family-chats, photos, internet, tweets, emails seem […]

March 14, 2018

The Fourth Sunday in Lent

The ELCE is currently having a global ‘Health and Safety’ audit done. Health and safety is a topic that can generate a range of emotions! It is part and parcel of our world and the organisations in which we’re involved. Inspections, audits, paperwork, policies, checks and rechecks are the scaffolding our society uses to keep […]

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