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Ageing gracefully and disgracefully

Earlier this month I was leading two rather different residential events. The first was at Othona Bradwell, and was called ‘Ageing gracefully and disgracefully’. It aimed to help the ten people who came to think about ageing from various angles … Continue reading

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Blog by Revd Sheila Maxey of Brentwood URC

Towards the end of April I will be acting as chaplain to the Thames North and Eastern Synods Ministers’ Spring School. Its theme is “Strangers in a strange land” with the subtitle of “Who are we?” I don’t know how … Continue reading

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Relationship Problems

In principle, I don’t have any objection to eating horse meat. I am prepared to eat cow meat. What’s so different about eating horse, as long as I know that is what I am eating. I think the important point … Continue reading

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What I want for Christmas

What I want for Christmas….. Some years ago, just a few days before Christmas, the British ambassador to the USA was relaxing at home in Washington DC when the telephone rang. At the other end of the line was a … Continue reading

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Citius, Altius, Fortius

Faster, Higher, Stronger? Citius, Altius, Fortius – Motto of the Olympic Games Well, are you looking forward to the Olympic Games?  There are only one hundred days to go until the opening ceremony as I write this letter and there … Continue reading

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A Happy Ending?

A Happy Ending?   Are you someone who likes a clear ending?  In a film called The Italian Job, the earlier version, starring Michael Cane, a band of British crooks pull off a ‘bank job’ in Italy.  They make their … Continue reading

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Please tick the box that applies to you…

Do you have to know the name of the first book of the Bible’s New Testament in order to qualify as a Christian?  In a recent survey on behalf of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science (UK) only … Continue reading

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What’s Our Business?

  “Eastman Kodak, the company that invented the hand-held camera, has filed for bankruptcy protection.  The move gives the company time to reorganise itself without facing its creditors, and Kodak said that it would mean business as normal for customers.  … Continue reading

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Giving Gifts to Strangers

  Giving a gift to stranger seems to be a strange thing to do, at least when you first think about it.  Yet, for Christians, should that be the case.  After all, the magi, also known as ‘the wise men’, … Continue reading

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Remember, Remember…

  “Remember, remember the 5th of November”: I must admit I am pretty hazy about how the rest of the line goes.  I suppose that is because I did not grow up in England and therefore did not have the … Continue reading

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