Striving for Peace

Today is the United Nations International Day of Peace, I find it telling and sad in equal measures that this initiative has never really taken off, after all who doesn’t want peace.  Well maybe a leader of a country or two, but let’s not get into that at this point. One of the things we…

You are Precious

This morning we used the Kenotic Bowls in Church.  I know I shouldn’t say this, but I thought they looked rather beautifully twinkling in the church lights.  Each bowl gathered this morning represented a member of the congregation, but also bigger than that, they were representative of all people.  People who are precious to God.…

Take Two

You may remember, dear reader, that last August I tootled off to Cumbrae to immerse myself in the wonders of icons.  Well this year I repeated the exercise, I say repeated however that is not strictly accurate.  Last year – you can read about it here – I didn’t really know what to expect, yes…

Bowling from East to West

Bear with me for a moment of introductory rambling. Someone told me a thing, and while I loved the thing I was told of I didn’t realise I had misheard the name of the thing I was told.  Oblivious to this I went hunting on the internet for the thing and after some fruitless searching,…

Doubt a Pillar of Faith

I have doubts, I have lots of them.  There I’ve said it.  I am not supposed to say it, people see it as a sign of weakness, a sign of not being intelligent enough, a sign of being a lesser person, a second rate priest.  Doubting is frowned upon, because doubting means admitting you don’t…

Love and the Trinity

On Thursday of last week the Scottish Episcopal Church decided to make provision for Same-Sex marriage within some of its churches.  Despite today being Trinity Sunday and hence one of the Churches festival, such a decision can not be left to just hang there without comment, especially as I believe it has been given a…

What is Safety?

After the horrific events on Monday night, for which we continue to pray peace into, I have been struck by the number of friends south of the border commenting on more armed police and soldiers in streets. I remember the first time I saw armed police (as the norm) in he UK, it was in…