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Lucy Dallas
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Another Plea from Me to the C of E: There is no 'mutual flourishing', just 'flourishing'.
Image: 'Christ Healing the Sick' by Christian Wilhelm Ernst Dietrich (1742). Picture in public domain, downloaded from the  Metropolitan Museum of Art . I'd hesitate to say that I've just celebrated an anniversary, but it's true that I have just passed a st...

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A Plea From Me To The C of E
I can still remember the light of optimism in his eyes. 'It feels really different this time', he said, smiling. 'It's a different conversation altogether.' It was summer 2014, and he had just come back from another round of discussions at General Synod. Af...

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Touching the Dust: A Sermon for Ash Wednesday
This sermon is for an Ash Wednesday service at a senior school. The Bible reading is John 8:2-11 .  Aisha was
thirteen. Already in her young life she had suffered more than anyone should
ever have to cope with – she was always in trouble at school and found...

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Vintage pop, controversial bishops and Alexander Hamilton
'There's always something happening, and it's usually quite loud': Vintage pop, controversial bishops, and Alexander Hamilton (just another month in the Church of England) February 27, 2017 The Church of England has certainly had more than its fair share of...

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Why 'Welcome' and 'support' are not enough: another voice in the post-Bishops' Statement, pre-Synod polyphony
It's been a few weeks since the Bishops' Statement  was issued, and since then, a mighty polyphony of voices has arisen in response, rebuttal, re-enforcement and recalibration. As I've listened to these voices, I've heard myself wondering if I have anything...

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An Open Letter From Me to the C of E ('cause everyone else is doing it, so why shouldn't I?)
Dear Everyone, Oh no, you think. Another open letter. Surely we've had enough of those lately. Well yes, I reply, that's true, there have been a few, haven't there? Mine is a bit different, though; firstly, I haven't canvassed for signatures other than my o...

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The utter social minefield that is wedding receptions, and the Eucharist
I don't know if you've been to a wedding this summer, or if you've been involved in the planning of a wedding. Especially if you've been involved with helping someone plan their wedding, you'll know that, well, it's a minefield. How many people to invite, w...

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The utter social minefield that is wedding receptions, and the Eucharist
I don't know if you've been to a wedding this summer, or if you've been involved in the planning of a wedding. Especially if you've been involved with helping someone plan their wedding, you'll know that, well, it's a minefield. How many people to invite, w...

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This week I was invited to  Bhaktivedanta Manor , the Hari Krishna Temple donated by the Beatles guitarist George Harrison in 1972, in what was then the idyllic Hertfordshire village of Letchmore Heath. I had driven past the sign pointing to the temple many...

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My evening at the Hari Krishna Temple: Some Reflections
This week I was invited to  Bhaktivedanta Manor , the Hari Krishna Temple donated by the Beatles guitarist George Harrison in 1972, in what was then the idyllic Hertfordshire village of Letchmore Heath. I had driven past the sign pointing to the temple many...
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