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February 16 2015, 12 PM

Well, there you have it there were women bishops in 5th century Umbria. A 9th century book also describes how Brigid of Ireland underwent consecration to the ranks of the episcopacy. A 10th century Mathilda, daughter of Otto, is described on her tombstone...

January 1, 6AM

We have, of course, just celebrated Christmas, and the lectionary asks us to face again the darkness Jesus pierced with his incredible light; that light the first chapter of John describes as the Word taking flesh. We are to lament with Rachel as she weep...

May 23 2014, 1AM

 SEEKINGAs I begin to get to know my new community, both the people here and the culture and geography and ethos, I look for signs of seeking. I hope to be open to the ways in which, as church, we translate, live out and embrace the gospel, how our w...

May 10, 10AM

Helpful book on ESS edited by Jowers and HouseIn the gender debate in the church one of the ideas that seems to hover away in the background like a kind of menacing presence is the suggestion, whether realised or not, that Jesus is eternally subordinate t...

May 7, 9AM

We are learning about how to shape a vision, how to transform a people to so believe in the potential that they hold within them and from God that they can become transformed and better transform their communities.Simon Sinek believes that we have to chal...

April 20, 2PM

So what must it have been like? Let's look again at this narrative and the faith of John, who runs towards the tomb and the faith of Mary, who runs away from from it. Mary from Magdale (on the shores of the Galilee) is drawn in early darkness to the tomb ...

April 16, 1PM

Come eat with me, it's time to restWith blood and body you'll be blessed.Surround me now and share and speakFor pain is climbing to its peak.For just a while, be still, accept,All your struggling's now inept.Please, jostle not for fame and powerMy life dr...
It's been a strange few days.I haven't yet packed up my house... it's a strange thing - this resignation of control...Faith!They'll move the contents of my old life to the new one.Some of it I will leave behind, metaphorically speaking.The days have been ...

April 13, 10AM

Reflections after readingThe Quantum Leap— From Assistant to Senior Minister, Reflections on Navigating the Jump. I won't be telling you what to do.I read that 'there are many unique characteristics to leadership that can only be properly appreciat...

March 15, 2PM

And so here we are in Lent. Some marked the beginning of this season by being themselves marked, with the imposition of ashes. We acknowledge with this symbol that we are finite, frail and dependent. And now we venture into Lent with Jesus and with A...

March 12, 3PM

Twenty years ago today, I was looking forward to leaving my teens behind, somewhat troubling years but probably very average really: boys, homework, fashion fazes, school work, all that usual stuff.I would be twenty in eight months and I knew what I was a...

March 7, 3PM

I saw my name in print today in the Church Times stating simply my move from Assistant Curate, St Peter's Belper to Vicar of All Saints, Ealing, London.I have had a really formative time through Curacy.There is a sofa cushion that my sister-in-law had pri...

February 21, 3PM

I put out a plea for recommendations for Charismatic, female speakers and my phone nearly blows up!... I am particularly looking for speakers who can talk into 'women leading church.'I know - (duh!) - you're probably saying 'Well, what do you mean by chur...

February 16, 4PM

By E SchildertNathan Humphrey makes salient points about the situation across the Anglican communion, he reflects on 'European culture, which focused on the "intensification" of relationships over time in a given place, versus American culture, which...

February 13, 3PM

The A B of C shared his presidential address with General Synod yesterday and it has caused some interesting reactions around the Anglican blogosphere. He sets a context for our debates by fixing our attention, in his opener, on real, bloody conflict in S...

February 11, 12 PM

Picture from BBC newsSee The Telegraph on fast-tracking women to the Episcopate.See the Church of England's press release for a more accurate account. So the Church of England reads from 1 Timothy 2 this morning. This seems to keep happening at key m...

February 10, 2AM

I am reflecting on how we share the message of the love God has for us, in public forums and everyday magazines. Writing here is one thing; a small circle often of the like-minded. Writing for a more general audience throws up different kinds of questions...

February 9, 11AM

Some people put salt on tomatoes, some people put it on chips. I have never heard anyone say, “Ooh, nice salt!” But I have heard people say, “Emmm, nice chips.” The job of salt is not to make you think how great the salt is, but how great th...

February 4, 4AM

Marriage is a hot topic at the moment in the Church of England in the wake of the Pilling Report. The church is to engage in facilitated conversation for two years or more so that it can consider gay marriage. The House of Bishops said on Monday 27th Janu...

January 30, 3AM

It is proving interesting reading responses to the College of Bishops' reflections on the Pilling Report. GAFCON have released their response this morning and they are concerned and cannot 'commend the proposal by the College of Bishops that these ‘faci...

January 25, 12 PM

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Pilgrimage reflection on the power of the Holy SpiritThe House of Peter and Andrew (Home to Jesus in Capernaum)As an adult, Jesus lived in Capernaum on the Sea of Galilee. The Bible suggests that Peter's house became Jesus' home (Matthew 8:14–...

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A reflection written on the third day of pilgrimage. Looking about me rather than up to the heavensSomehow there is no time to escape the fleshiness of myself or my fellow companions. We yawn. We tire. We need water. We sleep well. We do not sleep we...

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Perhaps with a Midrashic approach, truth will emerge as the church listens.The interplay of various viewpoints will lead to a deeper understanding. As the church seeks to explore what we mean by covenanted relationship, the first we might pursue would be ...

January 12, 10AM

Soon I go to Israel on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We have a busy itinerary beginning our explorations close to the Old City.On our first full day, we travel to the Mount of Olives from which we will be able to see the Golden Gate, the Dome of the Rock...

January 5, 12 PM

The Telegraph reports today on some experimental changes to baptism liturgy that the Church of England is introducing to help its services to be more 'seeker-friendly.' The actual case is that at its last meeting the House of Bishops agreed that addi...

January 4, 4PM

by [Unnamed] via Revising Reform (#23363)
Time does funny things at this time of the year. Christmas was last year but just a few days ago. We have done church on Wednesday and many times over but many didn't 'church' at all but began preparing in October! Confused? Don't blam...

December 27 2013, 4AM

Sara Star's 'The Crowning'Here a crowd stand around Sara Star's 'The Crowning.' This picture conjures in its viewer perhaps that same mixture of embarrassment and curiosity that God's original nativity still causes when its story is told.  We stood a...

December 19, 7AM

This week, Christians for Biblical Equality, an American ThinkTank and Research House, showcase Derek Tidball who is a Baptist minister from Leicester and former principal of the London School of Theology (formerly London Bible College) in 2007.Tidball de...

December 16, 9AM

Click here to book at Derby theatre On Christmas Eve, Watson is up and into his presents - early!! Mum and dad are not best pleased and tell him that everything had better be as they left it, before morning comes. But Watson has opened up 'Horrible H...

December 10, 10AM

The Pilling Report's conclusion is this one:...namely that the Church needs to embark on a process of ‘facilitated conversation’ about sexuality... because the current debate is inconclusive...We need a facilitated conversation to help ...

December 5, 3PM

There are more papers to look at on this question of sexuality than the blogosphere would indicate.Perhaps these papers don't engage with Pilling as directly but they might have been the background reading before the report was written. I know that some p...

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Today we look at Global mission which has in many ways become a discussion regarding how we actually define mission. We are to look at the Five Marks of Mission later in the day. So I return today to this...how do we share the gospel by action and pr...

December 4, 4PM

In the light of blog-obsession with the Pilling Report, I thought I would go back to basics and consider the basics through Jo Ind's 'Memories of Bliss: God, Sex and Us.' She begins almost immediately by exploring how our ideas about sexuality are 'e...

November 21, 3PM

It was really challenging tonight to teach through Ephesians 5:15-33: to cover so much in an hour and a half because these sorts of opportunities aren't always there in the course of day-to-day Parish life. I aimed to pack a lot in, to take a look at two ...

November 20, 9AM

The Church of England’s ruling body voted in favour of proposals which could allow the ordination of women bishops next year. “We’re under way!” said the Bishop of Oxford today. (378 in favour, 8 against and 25 abstentions) View RSS
I reprint parts of an article written by Adrian Jenkins  who describes Gordon Mursell as a God-improver. It gives us a little bit more information about the man who set the auditorium on fire, this morning. Gordon Mursell was only an i...

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The Rt Rev Gordon Mursell talks to us this morning on "Talking about God in the modern world." Gordon has produced a definitive book on spirituality (see Wiki). he begins with such humility about his quest to share with us something of his insights a...

November 19, 5AM

Originator of 'Blue-Labour.' Political theorist. (Blue being the colour of sadness!) Golden rules:ONE: Relationships proceed action. If anything is going to happen then there needs to be meeting between people as opposed to 'meetings' of people. This take...

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Author of Beyond the Good Samaritan Ann was Community development officer for ten years, a role created by Derby diocese circa 1976 - 7.She compares community to an aerosol - the word is sprayed around and it gets used liberally by many. Our society ...

November 18, 4AM

CLICK (info)REFLECTION PART ONE:OVERVIEW:The New Wine Women and Leadership Conference happened from the 14th to the 16th of November.Four streams resourced Women who are organisational leaders, Women who are married to a church leader, Pioneering wom...

November 14, 3AM

Rachel Hickson's husband, Gordon, changed his mind about women leading and preaching.  There has been some work done on trends at Christian conferences, regarding speakers in the main meeting places and the subjects covered.  It is interesting...

November 13, 3PM

I crave connection and my love language is probably 'conversation' - conversation with anyone really and God and again anyone who will turn-take their stories with me. I have sometimes been misunderstood for social networking. I remember a fellow priest...

October 26, 4AM

Well, I can give you twelve reasons said the local curate of the East Midlands town: 1. The Zumba teacher never came to visit us, even when one of us twisted an ankle.2. Every time I went, they asked us for money.3. The people dancing next to us didn’...

October 24, 11AM

Mike Ovey talks about the cheap grace: the gospel that is told with its story of metanoia no where to be found (that sense of turning around, transformation, repentance). He speaks of the "Acid test" that the Western church fails as it rues those things ...