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    The Slippery Slopes of Beauty – Reflections after a Skiing Accident
    It was a perfect day for cross-country skiing. The snow was light and crisp. The cloudless sky made the snow glisten like diamonds. The mountains, with the mist rising from them, proudly stood guard over the valley through which we skied.
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    Wassailing in a Digital Age: Challenges to Society and Church
    Just as many were taking down their Christmas decorations and continuing to enjoy presents powered by the micro-chip, groups of people were gathering in orchards across the world to join in a ceremony and ritual whose roots can be traced back at least two thousand years.
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    Christmas Reflection 2017
    Christmas is a celebration of new life and new possibilities.  At the heart of this celebration is the birth of a baby, Jesus Christ, born in a remote place that few would have heard of heard of, to an unmarried mother, Mary, that few would have known. 
  • Carols and Hymns as Christian Folk Songs
    ‘Let me write the hymns of the Church and I care not who writes the theology,’ wrote Dr. R.W.Dale, minister of Carrs Lane Congregational Church, Birmingham in the second half of the nineteenth century.  Dales’ comment springs into my mind around Remembrance Sunday and Christmas when hymns and carols become hot topics of discussion. 
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    Mary, Mother Theresa and Princess Diana – Cultural and Religious Icons
    Just as an older generation remember where they were when they heard news of President Kennedy’s assassination in 1963, so a younger generation remember where they were when they heard of Princess Diana’s accident and death in 1997. 
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    Easter Reflection 2017
    I have recently been reading an anthology of love poems. The poems are intimate, tender, loving, passionate and sensual. 
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    Brexit And President Trump Highlight A Deep Malaise In Democracy
    These have been heady days for democracy. Brexit has a popular mandate and will soon have a legal basis. President Trump won the necessary number of votes in the electoral college.
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    Christmas Reflection 2016
    How can we celebrate the birth of Christ in the middle of the humanitarian disaster tragically unfolding in Aleppo, Syria?
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    Bossey - Glimmers of Light in an Ecumenical Winter
    In recent weeks the Archbishop of Canterbury and Pope Francis were celebrating in Rome a relationship that was initiated by their predecessors 50 years ago and in Lund, Sweden, Lutherans and Roman Catholics (again with Pope Francis present) expressed a yearning for unity in preparation for the 500th anniversary of the Reformation due to begin in 2017.
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    Brexit - Now is not the time for Reconciliation
    The die is cast.  The United Kingdom will be negotiating its way out of the EU – though, with Scotland contemplating another devolution referendum, the ‘Kingdom’ may not be ‘United’ for much longer.