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It is time to say HELLO!

It is time to say HELLO!

It is interesting how unusual or exceptional circumstances can make one acutely aware of things previously taken for granted. The Covid pandemic made us all much more aware of the importance of relationships, or, as we now refer to them, social connections.

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Remembering Aleksei Navalny

Remembering Aleksei Navalny

I spent some time looking at the BBC coverage of events surrounding the service in the Church of the Icon of Our Lady Quench My Sorrow, and then his burial in Borisovskoye Cemetery.

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Cultural Violence: A tribute to Johan Galtung

Cultural Violence: A tribute to Johan Galtung

The recent passing of Johan Galtung* leaves the field of Peace Studies without one of its founding giants. His work was about understanding violence and building positive peace; a society in which all people can flourish. This is in contrast to negative peace, which is simply the absence of direct violence.

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I felt privileged to have been a witness

I felt privileged to have been a witness

For those seeking to find a path of understanding through the burgeoning body of literature exploring our troubled past Mallie offers both a reliable and trustworthy guide. He writes as one who was there. “I felt privileged” he writes, “to have been a witness.”

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Our First Love

Our First Love

The gospel injunction to “love our enemies” and “pray for those who persecute us” sits uneasily with modern sensibilities.

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Earbuds, air pods or the sound of silence?

Earbuds, air pods or the sound of silence?

Ask most people what the most significant technical innovation has been in the history of Christendom, and I would confidently guess that most would say it is the printing press… Another technical innovation that is shaping God’s people, is much more recent: podcasting.

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‘A friend loves at all times?’

‘A friend loves at all times?’

Maybe I am just more conscious of it than before, but I sense that there is an increasing amount of pain and distress in people’s lives – both for younger people as well as for those of us who are older.  This is causing me to think a lot more deeply about some of the issues around building and maintaining good friendships.

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Treating All With Special Honour

Treating All With Special Honour

I am right handed. I use my right hand to write, occasionally to play tennis, golf or cricket, but most especially to drink coffee. Until recently, I assumed I only used my left hand to lean on. Then on 1st May, I had a stroke.

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