Military genius

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Six bleak weeks

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Loved this look at Lent, genius (and laugh out loud funny in places):

"There's something reassuring about the half-arsed, ramshackle nature of Lent, its billowing accommodation. Church types take it seriously as a period of self-examination and penance, a mortifying of the flesh, and they have withering disdain for those using Lent to "get into shape for spring". The idea of feeling good about yourself is, they argue, the absolute opposite of what you're supposed to be doing. You're supposed to feel bad about yourself. You're supposed to humbly and with contrition acknowledge your gittery and then promise God that you'll be less of a git in the future"

Full Article Here

Do Lent Generously

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40 Acts

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Loneliness

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Loneliness affects a large number of young adults. Archway are a great organisation working to combat lonliness. They really want to understand the experience of 18-29 year olds to a greater degree ... if you are in this age range and have some perspective to bring please fill in the anonymous survey here

Indeed

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ht clergy coaching network

The Real Easter Egg

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I blame the way my brain is wired but everytime I get an e-mail promoting the "Real Easter Egg" is makes me laugh. My mind starts to assemble some notional idea of what a real Easter Egg would be like and how it might deal with all the inherent contradictions of an Easter Egg being more spiritually and theologically correct than others.

Not saying it is not a lovely idea just that my brain sets off on a bizarre metaphysical musing each time it is mentioned.

But I'm happy to ask Google:

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*Note this is a confessional piece not a critical one so no need to pick up "Real" stones to correct me, OK*

** Ok Have now written a working idea of a Real Easter Egg but am not committing it to print (see above), it may well get a comedy outing alongside my Public Service Spiritual Safety "Sweetest Frame" warning

Film Stuff

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Went to see Dads Army last night ... and thoroughly enjoyed it. It's a wonderful homage to the original, faithful enough to be fun but new enough to not be the same. Wonderfully directed I thought keeping the silliness at just the right level. It was a lot of fun and good for the soul on a stormy Sunday night.

I loved the tagline: "The British Empire Strikes Back" nice touch

I'm looking forward to seeing Pointbreak. I love the original 1991 film and am unusually excited about a remake (whereas normally I want only to encounter original story, not endless recycling). But the hottest "must see" on my radar has to be Kung Fu Panda 3, oh yes!

Youth Worker Job

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St Andrews North Oxford are recruiting. Details

Parenting Under 12s

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Care for the Family are bringing their "Parent Talk" event into the Diocese, in fact twice. You'll find all the details here with the dates above.

Rooted in Church

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This is an important survey looking at connection with church. There are two surveys:
One for 16 - 30 year olds still involved with the church, one for parents of 11 - 30's who may or MAY NOT be involved in Church.
It would be great if you could fill it in and/or pass it on
Link is here

Wisdom

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"Most of us were taught that God would love us if and when we change. In fact, God loves you so that you can change. It is the inherent experience of love that becomes the engine of change."

Richard Rohr

The Bunny Beaufort Scale

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When did we start naming storms?
Whilst mentally moaning at this elemental anthropomorphism I came across a story that amused me:

I've now done a tighter version of this on stage a couple of times, and the Bunny Beaufort scale definitely has (funny) legs, as it were.

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