Pedro Reyes is a Mexican sculptor who has taken thousands of guns and transformed them into musical instruments. Handguns are made into violins, rifles into a rustic piano and gun barrels welded together to make pan-pipes.
- Today’s celebration is about the planning of a revolution. It didn’t happen in a secret hideaway in a country under a dictatorship. It didn’t happen in a city board-room where a disgruntled group of people, who, disillusioned by the leadership of a company, wanted to oust the chairman and chief executive.
- It must have been very hard for those young girls all those years ago to wave goodbye to their parents as they sailed away in large ships. Their parents were missionaries travelling to faraway lands to serve God by working in the service of others.
- As I was thinking about today's service, words from TS Eliot, the nation's favourite poet, came into mind: In the end is my beginning. Today is charged with mixed emotions. For many it will be relief, that the period of waiting and uncertainty is over.
- A few weeks ago was the 50th anniversary of Martin Luther King delivering his speech ‘I have a dream.’ The speech, delivered from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, was a defining moment in the history of the American Civil Rights Movement.
- To hear Maureen Greaves speak of forgiving the two men who murdered her husband Alan must be one of the most moving events of the last few months. Alan Greaves, a church organist in Sheffield, was brutally beaten on his way to play for Midnight Mass. He died in hospital three days later.
- 'Alleluia! Christ is risen! He is risen indeed. Alleluia!' These words are echoing today in many churches, in many congregations, in many languages throughout the world as we greet the risen Christ on this most special of festivals.
- Two years ago, I visited Egypt where I spent a short time with a religious community who lived in the desert at the foot of Mount Sinai. My brief time there confirmed that the desert is a place of extremes. It is very hot in the day and very cold in the night. It is a place of beauty and terror. It is a barren place and it is a place full of life.
- I want to remind you of the story of three men, three celebrities of their time. They were wise, wealthy and well-respected. They had everything they needed to live….big houses, transport efficient for the time and people looked up to them.
- Last weekend, I was in Harare where our diocese of Rochester has had a close link relationship for many years. But over the last five years, our Anglican brothers and sisters have been forced out of their churches, clergy have been forced out of their homes, and schools and a church orphanage have been removed from their care.