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Talents
Our
youngest child finished primary school today. Earlier in the week, I attended
his Leavers’ Assembly. The theme was Journeys—physical, emotional, and spiritual,
with their years at the school being presented as a journey in each of these
senses. At one p...

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End of an Era
From
today, we no longer have any children in primary school. And
breathe…

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Embrace
The
Minster’s ten bells rang out between 11.30am and 12.30pm yesterday, the second
of four towers in a regional bell-ringers’ Ringing Ramble. When
I arrived sometime after twelve, for the Summer Fayre that was to begin once
the bells fell silent, I noticed ...

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The other side
The
Gospel reading set for Holy Communion today is Matthew 8:28-34 . Jesus
regularly took his disciples out of their comfort zone. He took them to
Caesarea Philippi, where immigrants did unspeakable things. He took them to
Tyre and Sidon, beyond the border ...

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Petertide
Today
is the Feast of St Peter, or of Saints Peter and Paul. Outside
the colony town of Caesarea Philippi there is an enormous cave, held throughout
the Greco-Roman world to be one of the entrances to the underworld. The stories
of what went on here—alleged...

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Summertime


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Confirmation
Bishop
Paul confirmed Jo, Susannah, and Noah at the Minster. Alan
Ward came up from Sheffield, representing Susannah and Noah’s godparents.

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Leavers' Prom


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Thorns : part 2
In my previous post , I wrote about the imagery of thorns in our sides, and what
that might have to say to us about extremism within our communities, and
neighbourliness that can embrace difference. But
extremism is not the only aspect of community that cau...

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Thorns : part 1
There
is a great deal of talk these days about rooting out extremism within our
communities—both ‘owned’ communities (whether “British Muslims should do more to combat radical Islamisation among their community” or, “The tabloid press preaches hate to their...
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