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18 Jan 2019

Are you a fixer or a changer? I have already shared in previous posts about the current situation my partner and I share with regard to finding more appointments in the Methodist Church. I have not shared everything because we live under a discipline that prevents full disclosure and because the system is set up in a way that means we are not privy to what goes on in the room where the crucial decisions are taken.

As we have gone through each ‘round’ of matching people and places, and come away e...

15 Jan 2019

It has been 935 days since voting closed in the Brexit referendum. Since then we have been bombarded with speculation, hyperbole, insinuation and even occasionally information about the future of the UK after 29 March 2019. With only 72 days left, are any of us any clearer on what might lie ahead?

After all the hype, is this really the week that decides the fate of the UK for generations to come? Andrew Marr, in his book, My Trade, offered some advice on reading a newspaper. He suggested that any...

10 Jan 2019

The last few months have been hard work and for those friends who have offered support, love, thoughts and prayers, both of us are profoundly grateful. Naively, as it turns out, by now we thought that we would both know where we would be living and working after the summer. We didn’t expected to be where we are and having to contemplate the range of scenarios that now lie before us.

Whilst the experience has been unsettling, lonely, frustrating and painful (something I have written about in an ea...

8 Jan 2019

‘A house divided against itself cannot stand.’

Despite the Biblical quote, this is actually a blogpost about the state of politics in Britain and elsewhere. For many decades, with rare exceptions, most of us have experienced a form of democracy dominated by two major political blocs - Left and Right, conservative and progressive, Christian Democrats and Social Democrats.

Each bloc presented its ideological view of the good society and, in general, each were given an opportunity to implement polic...

30 Dec 2018

On Friday 28th December, the Bishops of the United Methodist Church published this letter:

To our Global LGBTQ Kin in Christ,

The Council of Bishops of The United Methodist Church recognizes the ways in which the convening of the Special Session of General Conference creates a time and space of harm for you and members of your family. To be the focus of attention, discussion and debate is hurtful.

Demeaning and dehumanizing comments and attacks on LGBTQ persons in conversations related to the upcom...

29 Dec 2018

It still amazes and humbles me that people from all over the world are reading my blog. In places I have never visited like Senegal and Colombia, people are taking the time to read what I write in a language other than their own. 

Thanks to facebook and twitter, I get to hear from some of those who read the posts, but am aware that many, many do not. I  would love to know more about who you are and how I can improve my writing. Your ideas on what I should be writing about would be much appreciate...

22 Dec 2018

In 1946, George Orwell published a short piece entitled: ‘Why I write’, in an attempt to reveal his motivations. In it, he describes the  ‘four great motives for writing, at any rate for writing prose:

  • Sheer egoism. Desire to seem clever, to be talked about, to be remembered after death, to get your own back on the grown-ups who snubbed you in childhood, etc., etc. It is humbug to pretend this is not a motive, and a strong one …. there is also the minority of gifted, willful people who are de...

21 Dec 2018

How did we get here? How is it that a nation defined by its sense of fairplay and reasonableness is now locked in the zero-sum game of Brexit? It is highly unlikely that one referendum campaign, no matter how sophisticated, caused the level of intensity of division that we have seen in the last 30 months. More likely the divisions were already there but submerged beneath the surface for a variety of reasons. When the lid was finally lifted off decades of resentment, confusion, anger and disenfra...

19 Dec 2018

Advent has taken on a new meaning for us this year, as we have been involved in the Methodist stationing system. Little did we know that, at this stage, we would still not know where we would be serving come September 2019. We have now completed two rounds of ‘matching’ and visited various Circuit, but no invitations have been forthcoming.

I remember back to the start of this process, when we met with our Acting Chair and Lay Stationing Rep to discuss our profiles. Personally, I found filling in...

11 Dec 2018

Earlier in the year, I began a short series of blog posts about Brexit and how one Christian - me! - approaches it. Some of what I said provoked a very angry response from some quarters of the Church but, by and large, those posts went unremarked. After two years plus, I guess most of us are either BOBs - Bored Of Brexit - or SOBBSITDs - Sick Of Brexit But Still In The Dark . Analysis shows that (probably) most church-going Christians voted Leave in the referendum, a wake-up call if one were nee...

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