Category: Reflections

Learning from Iona

Jesus taught his disciples, saying: “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out…

Coming closer

These weeks leading up to the end of the academic year have a poignancy about them for us as chaplains. We have some students who seek us out to say goodbye after their one, three, or more years…

I am who I am

Today we’re reflecting on this encounter between Moses and God… Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the…

Getting inspired about climate change

You know you’re getting old when you remember the person coming to give the annual Michael Perham Cathedral and University Lecture as a young girl hanging their legs out of the window in the house across the street……

Unless a seed…

Last Sunday our church was celebrating our patron Saints, St. Philip and St James, and it reminded me of this reading: Now among those who went up to worship at the festival were some Greeks. They came to…

The power of love

On the day we call Palm Sunday, Jesus enters Jerusalem with a big crowd of followers who are shouting out that he is the king who God has sent. As I thought about this, I imagined another triumphant…

Longing for home

The Lord says to his people, “When the time comes to save you, I will show you favour    and answer your cries for help.I will guard and protect you    and through you make a covenant with all peoples.I will let you settle…

Gardening tips

Jesus told this parable: ‘A man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came looking for fruit on it and found none. So he said to the gardener, “See here! For three years I have…

Self discovery

I visited the Chapel at Cheltenham Hospital this week and saw this poem by Ruth Burgess: The desert waits (an invitation to Lent) The desert waits, ready for those who come, who come obedient to the Spirit’s leading;…

Ash Thursday!

Today we used a tradition at our Communion service usually used yesterday, Ash Wednesday. We used ash to make the sign of the cross on each other’s foreheads, saying the words: Remember that you are dust, and to…