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If the only prayer you ever said was thank you that would suffice – Meister Ekhart

June 3, 2019

To those who followed Columbus and Cortez, the New World truly seemed incredible because of the natural endowments. The land often announced itself with a heavy scent miles out into the ocean. Giovanni di Verrazano in 1524 smelled the cedars of the East Coast a hundred leagues out. The men of Henry Hudson’s Half Moon were temporarily […]


Beauty will Save the World

June 28, 2018

Dostoevsky in his novel, ‘The Idiot,’ had a character called Mishkin, a Christlike figure, who others referred to as the Idiot because he was so out of kilter with the values of the world and those around him, kept repeating the phrase, ‘Beauty will save the World.’ It is an enigmatic phrase that maybe has some credence. Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn, another famous […]


PASCHAL HOMILY by St. John Chyrsostom (d. 407 CE)

April 19, 2018

  If anyone is devout and a lover of God, let them enjoy this beautiful and radiant festival. If anyone is a grateful servant, let them, rejoicing, enter into the joy of his Lord. If anyone has wearied themselves in fasting, let them now receive recompense. If anyone has labored from the first hour, let […]


Not Just a Smudge on the Forehead – a reflection on Ash Wednesday

February 13, 2018

Our first instinct is to take the imposition of ashes, and the words, ‘Remember You are Dust,’ as an act of penance. However, I would suggest that rather than an acknowledgement of our guilt and sinfulness it is a call to an elemental understanding of what it is to be human in all its fragility, […]


Christmas Message from Revd. Iain Lothian

December 5, 2017

The Christmas story has a sense of people on the move, on a journey, involving leaving familiar surroundings: Mary and Joseph leave Nazareth; the shepherds leave their fields; and the three Kings leave their kingdoms in the East to follow a star. Throughout their journeys, there is a pervading sense of darkness and danger all […]


Rain and the Rhinoceros

July 20, 2017

The devastating floods in Cornwall have shown us the destructive power of rain and once again confronted us with the truth that we cannot always control nature. However I recently found myself moaning about rain, not the destructive rain that causes floods but the everyday rain we often experience in this country: the inconvenience of […]


The Grenfell Tower Tragedy

June 22, 2017

One of the misconceptions of the Old Testament was that God picked out the Israelites as the chosen people of God at the expense of other peoples. In other words God’s love was exclusive. However the reverse is true. God chose Israel to be a ‘Light to the other Nations’. To do this they needed […]


A prayer for Justice

June 6, 2017

  God, We see injustice, inequality, and intolerance all around us. God, make things right; help us to make things right. Give us courage to fight for justice, to protect the weak. To speak up for the ignored, to care for the poor, and to feed the hungry. Let your kingdom come, and let your […]


Ascension Day Message

May 30, 2017

Thomas Aquinas, the renowned theologian, once said ‘the object of fear is a future evil that is imminent, of great magnitude, and threatening the loss of what we rightly love.’ I believe these wise words have great relevance to the recent terrible events in Manchester, where 22 people, including many young people died, and many […]


Easter Message: Ahmed’s Gift of Life

April 11, 2017

An Easter Message: Ahmed’s gift of life I was recently asked by a group of students, what is Easter all about? After a long pause, I decided to try and illustrate it by telling the true story of Ahmed Khatib, a Palestinian boy of 12 years old, who was tragically shot dead in the occupied […]