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Carl Sagan – ‘A Glorious Dawn’ ft Stephen Hawking (Cosmos Remixed)

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big thinking on a day off


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November 27, 2009 at 7:49 pm

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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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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

world turned upside down

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Last night Mark, Bob, Sue and I went to see Billy Bragg. Reminded that I met Bob and Sue at a Billy Bragg gig 13 years ago – a benefit to safe the Picket, Liverpool (seems like we’ve been trying to save the Picket ever since!)… and that at another Billy Bragg gig in the same year I also re-met Mark. So, Billy Bragg has been an important catalyst in the making of our friendships. Anyway, we’ve all got a bit older and I am not sure how much wiser but we definitely still share the same desire to see the world turned upside down. Perhaps each of us has our own (different) reasons for sharing such a vision but it remains a significant topic of our conversations and a business of our endeavors. In my case I remain convinced that poverty and injustice prevent people from hearing the good news of the kingdom of God and that as the people of God we have an obligation to fight injustice at every level wherever we encounter it. This week we have been meditating on The Jesus Manifesto – a vision of the world changed forever (Matthew 5; Acts 17:1-9). Jesus’ vision for the world turned upside down was one of the meek and the poor being inheritors and the the peacemakers being called children of God. The first will be last and the last will be first.

Anyway, I post this clip of Billy Bragg – his “World Turned Upside Down”. A story of what happens when the dispossessed proclaim what is theirs.

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April 25, 2008 at 9:38 am

lazy sunday

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What a lazy day. I have been struggling fighting a cold all day so spent much of it in bed or thereabouts. But, I think I might have beaten it because I am feeling much better as I am just about to get back into the beautiful bed again. Eva has been out with her friends all day and I have watched tv, cleaned about a bit, read and slept. I had to go to the shops for some food but other than that it really has been a very lazy day. Just what I needed after a busy few days in Liverpool. On of the things I have been up to is listening to my Larry Norman CD which arrived in the post while I was in Liverpool. Larry Norman died 24th Feb 2008 and I wanted to reacquaint myself with his work. It has been a strangely moving re-awakening of my youthful exuberance and love of Christian music. I don’t have the same feelings for many Christian artists these days – old a cynical, finding hard to find anything with a bit edginess. Whatever it is Larry Norman had it – as he said “why should the Devil have all the good music’. Here are a few Norman youtube videos. Enjoy.

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March 16, 2008 at 10:43 pm

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I was a bit cross yesterday

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sorry about using a rude word yesterday (I have now altered the post) I really was quite cross about the women Bishops at Synod thing and the silly man’s sermon just pushed me over the edge. But that is no excuse for being rude. So sorry. As an antidote to yesterday’s rudeness I have put up a nice picture of a fluffy chick. Think happy thoughts, think happy thoughts.

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February 22, 2008 at 1:24 pm

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women and men

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The difference is:
Women can’t be Bishops…

I got an email today with the following press release from Women and the Church (WATCH). It made me feel a bit sad, but it doesn’t surprise me.

“At the recent meeting of General Synod, members were told by the Chair of the
Legislative Drafting Group that it was “highly unlikely” that the vote on women
bishops would be taken by July 2010.”

Thinking Anglicans covers the issue and there are some useful comments here.

It just feels like the Church of England isn’t ready yet and even though that isn’t really a good enough excuse I would rather the motion was truly successful at Synod than it be either rejected or just get through. I feel weak in the face of this reality and it makes me sick to think about inequality continuing. Meanwhile the (mostly) male Bishops of the world (though many aren’t actually going) meet at Lambeth shortly and so many talented and capable women are still not welcome.

…and, real men “p**s against the wall”
this is quote from the sermon below…(warning it contains reference to urination)

(thanks to Dave Walker and The Real Live Preacher for the link to this.)

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February 21, 2008 at 2:10 pm

Posted in church, lament, religion