Merry Christmas

Well my dear friends, I am extremely privileged to have two weeks off and so I am stepping out of role …. and stepping into Christmas (now have Elton John in my head). Looking forward to time with family and friends, riding my bike, and scribbling 6000 words in my capacity as an amateur Ecclesiologist.
Thank you so much for keeping me company here in blogville and graciously reading, critiquing and commenting on the musings herein.
I wish you the most blessed Christmas
“…… And is it true,
This most tremendous tale of all,
Seen in a stained-glass window’s hue,
A Baby in an ox’s stall ?
The Maker of the stars and sea
Become a Child on earth for me ?
And is it true ? For if it is,
No loving fingers tying strings
Around those tissued fripperies,
The sweet and silly Christmas things,
Bath salts and inexpensive scent
And hideous tie so kindly meant,
No love that in a family dwells,
No carolling in frosty air,
Nor all the steeple-shaking bells
Can with this single Truth compare –
That God was man in Palestine
And lives today in Bread and Wine”

Thank you Mr Betjeman
Back on Jan 6th

Jesus beyond Christmas

“when jesus began teaching he made it clear that his new empire would be unlike any empire the world had ever seen.
it came on a donkey’s back. it’s imperial council was comprised of a handful of unemployed fishermen, a couple of IRS agents, a prostitute and some hangers on. jesus demonstrated how to wield his imperial power by washing feet, telling stories and playing with kids. jesus’ empire is based on the absurd values that the last should be first, losers are winners, and the most influential in the empire should clean the toilets. members of the empire are instructed to love their enemies, forgive their friends, always give twice as much as people ask of them and never pursue power or position.
jesus insisted that those who are part of his empire shouldn’t worry about finances, but simply trust god. the resources to run this empire were basins, towels, and leftover lunches. this empire also developed a reputation for constant partying – almost always with the wrong kind of people”


Casey Neistat was offered $25,000 to make the Trailer for “Secret Life of Walter Mitty”
His creative, deeply human and moving response to the Pitch … and what he then produced is wonderful: ENJOY

Watching this has been a real blessing, as a useful counter to the depressing behaviour of some Conservative MPs in Parliament jeering during stories relating to poverty, hunger and the rise in need at Food Banks.

Transforming Youth Ministry

Flagging up this day happening in Birmingham on 10th May with Mark Yaconelli speaking. I don’t have booking info yet but I thought you’d like the advance notice, this is the Facebook Page which says:
“Keynote speaker: Mark Yaconelli and other talks about self harm, yp with disabilities, porn, schoolswork, rural, other faiths, mentoring, starting from scratch and more….”

Calling Youth, family or Children’s workers

If you are working with young people and employed by a Parish, church, Deanery or organisation in the Oxford Diocese:
Yvonne (the Childrens Adviser) and Myself (Youth bod) are delighted to invite YOU to DEPTH VIII at Douai Abbey in February. I hope you’ll be able to join us in this annual retreat; experiencing space, worship, fellowship, prayer and a soupcon of malarkey!
Depth 7 Final.pdf