Praying simply

Mary Oliver has something so simple to say about praying


Punctuating the night

Waking in the middle of the night, say, midway between lying and rising, just then, is not always curse and cue for raking old worries to no effect. just sometimes we awake with a blessing, precious memories shine our consciousness: not one, but two lights beam in darkness, a colon before rest. where do they […]

Some power lines as powerful as can be

Sometimes what comes out in conversation takes our breath away doesn’t it? Conversations are wonderful ways of learning and realising stuff deep within our experience. At a recent workshop on power leaders in ministry were sharing empowering stories and exploring ways of empowering others. What emerged was a radical question, very simply expressed: don’t we want […]

Opening the community chest

I love that tweet @la_vagabondeuse and know the feeling of opening up a box of treasures. There are so many jewels out there. Of course, this has more to do with la_vagabondeuse’s willingness to open her ears and heart to others. Twitter is just the means to that end – one of many social media […]

On Druids, Trees and Truth

Friend Lewis asked me about “druids”. They are much maligned (is it, I wonder, mainly by the English?). They don’t understand their honourable history in ancient Celtic cultures where they were members of the professional class including religious leaders, legal authorities, lorekeepers, medical professionals and political advisors. The modern word druid comes from the Latin druides, but behind […]