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bad vicar

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Jonathan Swales posted this on facebook today and it made me chuckle so I thought I would share it with you. I am still battling with my PhD tweeking (feels more like a rewrite at the moment)…and I also feel like a ‘bad vicar’ (though not in the same way as the vicar in the video). I am neglecting my flock with all this PhD stuff and it is making me all figetty widgetty. I want to get out there and do stuff but I am in here doing other stuff…anyway, best get on with that stuff!


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August 11, 2009 at 10:29 am

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Lillie’s baptism

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Lillie (my step-granddaughter) was baptized today…and I baptized her! What an amazing privilege. I had been looking forward to baptizing someone ever since we sat up in James Steven’s office at Trinity college and had a hearty conversation about the pros and cons of infant baptism (obviously my baptist brothers and sisters have a different perspective on the practice and the theological college seminar debate was ‘full and hearty’ as a result!). At that point I had no idea my first baptism would be of a member of my family. So, there you go…

So, we have been feeding hoards of people since mid-day and now they are moving on to more food and the wine has come out…I have 2 more services to take so I am sitting in my office. As my office is the quietest place in the house Lillie is in here with me asleep in her pram – so the new Christian and I are spending some down time chilling in the curate’s office.

Anyway, I have 2 services to put the finishing touches to so I’d best get off…

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July 26, 2009 at 2:37 pm

all done

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The exam is done and I am now free! The stress of this has been building for so long it feels very strange to be free of it. I can’t really discuss how I did and I am finding it difficult to process the whole thing (I shall never speak of the exam again!). I now have a nasty headache and a lot of nervous energy. However, I have got a new haircut (I got a lovely head massage and sat in the massage chair for quite sometime which was great) and I also have collected my special linen black ordination trousers which were specially made for me. So, all is well.

I am sitting in front of the telly, awaiting a plate of chicken curry and a glass of white wine (it will be just a glass as I have a busy day tomorrow and my new boss is coming to stay – he arrives very late this evening). I have a few post-Trinity leavers chores to do and seeing as Liz H has gone into hospital (perhaps a baby might come out in the next 24hrs?) I have a few more bits and bobs to do than I had expected. It would be so great if she gives birth soon because I ould love to see the baby before I leave. I am actually very very excited about the prospect of a small Hassall child.

So, the next few days will be quite busy with meetings and parties. A wonderful combination – and quite typical of the Church of England. I will keep you posted.

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June 3, 2008 at 6:08 pm

odd day

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Today has been quite strange, not least because I started off by being alone and going to St Peter’s for the last time on my own. It was a lovely service and I got quite emotional saying goodbye – they gave me a the lovely ordination stole which I had asked Ann to make for me and some very useful books. I had got quite used to St Peter’ and have appreciated the support of the vicar – Jenny Low. She really has been great for me and I will miss her.

After I got back I had a spot of lunch and then had to go off to get Eva from Badminton – I took Elise and Wayne with me because when I dropped Eba off we got stuck in the mud and I needed moral support. Eva had had a lovely time, she was completely pooped and all she wanted to do was eat and got to sleep. However, the reality of an early night was slightly different – it has take her ages to calm down and get off. So here I am thinking another day has past and I haven’t got much revision done. I am starting to feel I am going to have to go into this exam a little more stressed than I had hoped. Anyway, I had better get back onto looking at the sacraments.

By the way – I was well peeved at the Eurovision result yesterday. I deciced having seen al the acts that I liked Israel and Denmark best (with Sweden next – but actually she was too strange for me to fully plump for in the end) I had a smidgen of respect for Russia but I have no idea why Uk came so low down – surely Spain (who got booed) didn’t deserve to do better than us? Anyway, I have to say I don’t know what to think about it all…will we ever be liked in Europe again? Are we such social pariahs that we can not even make it off the bottom 3? Very disappointed indeed! Hey ho.

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May 25, 2008 at 9:16 pm

babies and glastonbury

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Mark has sent me on some excellent pictures of the new Belfast babies – Sam and Angie. What fantastic babies they are and everyone looks so proud and made up with the beautiful bundles of joy. many blessings to both families. I am unfortunately not going to be able to get over to see them when Mark, Joe and Eva go to Belfast for half-term. I have to stay here to revise for this stupid exam. Hey ho.

Today I have been to Glastonbury on a DOCTRINE OF GOD, CHRISTIAN HOPE AND LIBERATION module day out to explore Christian expressions of faith in the town and alternative spiritualities. It was a jolly good day: I sampled some good cake, had a walk round the Abbey, got some lavender oil from a shop under the Goddess Temple, listened to the curate of St John’s church talk about her experience of being a priest in the town, listened to the Goddess Temple Melissa speak about her experiences and did a spot of shopping. All in a days work for an ordinand in the Church of England!

I am trying to get an early night and sort my reading out for tomorrow. So, best get off and do that.

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May 13, 2008 at 8:43 pm


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Today we had a visit from the clergy finance people to talk about stipends, housing and pensions. I am just starting and already thinking about my retirement (in 25years time!). I have to say it is a very scary thing for me to think about money but I guess I need to have a bit of think about it. We will be in dire straits if we don’t plan ahead but Mark has decided that he is going to make lots of money and all will be well. I am hoping this is true but I might just seek some professional help just in case.

It is a very hot day and I am not getting very far with my revision. I have spent the last 20mins or so trying to bid on a top hat on ebay. I want one for ‘events’ – I really wish I had had one for Julian and Andrew’s do (see pic above and for a load more pictures see Mark’s Picasa site). Anyway, after many days trying I now have a 1930’s silk top hat (for £20). Oh joy.

I am off to a Brownie meeting with Eva in a short while and Becky’s over for tea so best get on.

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May 12, 2008 at 3:56 pm

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mission, liberation theology and cleaning

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This is what I have been doing…thinking about mission, reading about liberation theology and cleaning the dirty house (my it was unclean). Now I am very tired and I still don’t feel I have done enough. When will it all end? Well, I can tell you that in 8 weeks it will all be over (bar the inevitable shouting). In 8 weeks time we will be back in Liverpool unpacking boxes and panicking about the Park Palace project – and a whole new type of stress will begin. Until then I am here trying to make sense of this last essay and feeling guilty because I just can’t get enough done. Hey ho.

So, I am going to post here 2 small talks which took place at the Church Mission Society (CMS) HQ Oxford at the Global Connections Thinking Mission forum on 27 February 2008. I attended this conference and these two speakers offered particularly interesting perspectives on 21st century Christian mission. The first is Paul Davies speaking about The Base Ecclesial Communities which emerged in Latin America in the 1950s and 1960s were centred on the poor, emphasized people over structures, had lay leadership, and were prophetic rather than priestly.

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April 15, 2008 at 1:29 pm