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Over the last 2 years I have blogged about Foundation a lot. If you want to know how many times then do a blog search and you’ll see! I love Foundation. Even when I have found it hard I have loved Foundation. Perhaps my longing for it as a community has sometimes led me to be cross or protective or romantic but it has been a significant part of my life in Bristol and I am going to miss it a great deal. I say “it” but actually I mean (in no particular order) the people, the fellowship, the theology, the debate, the craic, the pub, Cotham church.

Last night I went to my last little service admirably led by fellow ordainand Philippa. As we all sat around the church and reflected on our limitations (Philippa’s theme for the reflection) I was struck by just how limitless God’s love is for us. There we were just ‘being’ together and there was the limitless love of God reflected in our ‘being’. We, the ramshackled people of God, ‘doing our do’ – and in felt good.

As ends go it was a good one. I was very grateful for Paul Robert‘s affirming prayer for me and my family. I was pleased to be able to say goodbye to my friends and fellow pilgrims. So, thanks Foundation for everything.

I will see you at Greenbelt (or the ‘next place’) and will miss you loads. xxx


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June 2, 2008 at 2:08 pm

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I am just about to go into lunch at college and I can’t be late today because I want to get on a table that serves Crème brûlée. It’s not often that I sit on a main meal table because I am trying to eat less meat and prefer the vegetarian table but unfortunately this table is also a fruit table and I am not prepared to make that sacrifice when it is a Crème brûlée day! I am not sure why I am telling you this or even that you’ll be interested!??? Hey ho

Anyway, the fact that I haven’t posted anything since Sunday is an indication of how busy and distracted I have been:
– I have done quite a lot of liberation theology reading and am nearly ready to write the essay (but not sure when I will have a window of time to do that!)
– I went back to college and attended a lecture
– I met Ravi Holy (he was taking the lecture on universalism) and we chewed the cud
– Some Foundationers came round for the community meal last night and we had a great time. It seems really odd to think that that was our last community meal together. I have made some significant relationships in Foundation and I really am going to miss the fellowship. It was a good send off. Thanks everyone!
– I am at college again and have a day of meetings and paperwork, tonight is our passover meal so it is also a day of food!

Anyway, lunch is a calling.

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April 23, 2008 at 11:41 am

mothering sunday

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Yesterday was a very busy but rewarding day. I was woken up by Mark and Eva – toast and flowers, homemade cards and a homemade bag. Eva was so lovely and kind, I got a fantastic text of Elise and I really felt loved and cherished.

I was leading and preaching at St Peter’s church Lawrence Western. Jenny had very generously allowed me free rein for the service and I had asked a few Trinity friends to come and help me. It was so good to be able to say to all the people who work so hard week in week out at the church that they could have a week off and all they had to do was turn up and worship. The new Church of England Mothering Sunday liturgy, found in New Patterns for Worship was a wonderful resource for the liturgy. I had planed this a few weeks back and it was great to work through it live with the congregation. My biggest challenge was to plan and deliver a service that was accessible enough just in case any children did turn up but not all age because the majority of the congregation is 60+yrs. As it was there were 3 children that just turned up off the street (8year olds on their own with no parents), one family with 3 children, another 11year old who had come with her grandma and Eva (who played the recorder and said the opening blessing). I felt the service went well and there was a great feeling of support and generosity toward myself and the other students. I felt very blessed by the service and the community.

The Trinity team came back for coffee after the service and I got some great feedback (thankfully all seemed well). Geoff stayed for dinner and we chewed the cud for hours and hours…joined by Lizzie May later on and occasionally Mark and Elise. I had a lovely day.

After a brief but necessary doze I went out to Foundation – another fantastic alternative worship service inspired by Babette’s Feast. The group showed clips from the film, served food and shared stories. There was some inspired liturgy and creative ideas (including blessings in bottles). It really was the perfect end to a lovely day. I was very tired and happy as I went to bed thinking about writing an essay on Daniel and leading chapel this week at college.

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March 3, 2008 at 10:43 am


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both Mark and I are not well – I have a virus (cold sore, head ache, sickly), Mark is cream crackered – he’s been working all week, then sorting Eva out and being in charge of the house and because I am busy and ill he takes the brunt of domestic chores. It is grim when we both are ill. He’s gone to bed and I am bathing Eva. It is shame that we aren’t firing on all cylinders because we had 2 invites out this evening. Firstly, we were asked overt to the Broadway’s to the private view of their exhibition; secondly Steve Tunnicliff and Adam Bond asked if we fancied a curry. We hardly ever get out and we end up doing nothing, going to bed early and, in my case, reading Moltman’s The Crucified God (Oh Joy).

I have a busy weekend ahead of me. It is academic awards at Trinity on Saturday – I can’t get to the ceremony because there isn’t childcare and Eva has her penultimate dance class before she has the Christmas show. I have a very large shopping trip to do – we haven’t been to the shop since last Fri and have been living on Birthday leftovers for a week (tonight’s pasta bake whilst being quite tasty used up all the remaining veg). Jenny Low is coming over for afternoon tea, as she is a vicar I shall we uttering the immortal lines (More tea vicar) with relish (though milk is traditional – see what I did there?). Sunday I might skive off morning church because I think I need a rest but I am just as likely to decide to get up and go. In the evening is Foundation middle sized service – all things in common? which I hope I will get to (as long as I have completed my sermon, read some stuff on Paul’s attitude to the cross, and had at least 3 hours cuddling with Eva).

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November 30, 2007 at 7:55 pm


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Cheers! (not sure about this photo – I hadn’t even had a drink and I have boss eyes, my hair is also flat. Hey ho)

Had a low tech weekend because the internet broke down at our house. So, I couldn’t email or blog. It was very strange but liberating.

Anyway, I had a great party on Friday – as you know, because you were there…weren’t you? – I haven’t been up that late for ages and I danced and danced until my feet swelled up and my back ached (actually that didn’t happen until the next day). I ate too much cake. I still have one more cake to eat – let me know if you’d like a piece – but it’s shop bought!!! It was great to see so many people from out of town and witness Foundation, Trinity and Liverpool people mixing. I think we did very well.

Saturday was a very chilled out recovery day – Andrea and I spent most of it (when we eventually got up) on the sofas putting the world to rights. Sunday was back to normal(ish) with preaching teams in the evening (Geoff’s turn at St Mary’s Shirehampton). He was very good.

So, that was the edited version of the weekend. The full version is available in person.

Today is back to normal. I have some chores to do, a lot of reading to get through and the next edition of Wholly Trinity to publish. So, I’d best be off.

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November 26, 2007 at 10:46 am

foundation little service

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Becky and Marc did a great little service last night – ‘a new commandment’. They played this dan le sac vs scroobius pip video – which I couldn’t upload properly on the Foundation website (technical hitch I am trying to iron out). So I will post it here.


Had a really interesting conversation with Maggie about people being judged by what they do and not who they are. We decided our new commandment would be:
‘respect difference – don’t judge it!’

what would yours be?

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September 10, 2007 at 10:00 am

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We are just about to leave – well not exactly true. All the stuff is in the hall and I am still in my PJ’s but the intention is to be off very very soon. So, unless I post from Greenbelt itself – which seems very unlikely – I won’t be posting for a few days. I am sure the world will keep turning and you will find something interesting to do with your time while I am away. If you are going to Greenbelt I am venue managing at New Forms so do pop in, or perhaps you’d like to come over to our tent for veggie stew on sat evening? All welcome. Foundation Service is at 8pm Fri at New forms!

Elise is at Bristol Loudon HQ and Barry next door is feeding Benny so hopefully we won’t come back to too much chaos (though I am not holding my breath).

see ya

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August 23, 2007 at 8:21 am

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