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Climate Interfaith Climate Workshops – Leeds

Developed by Christian Aid, this online workshop series has the aim of connecting and equipping people of faith for climate action. For the Eventbrite sign up page for Leeds click HERE Get ready for COP26: be part of climate action The urgency of the climate crisis hasn’t changed.  With the UK set to host critical [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  August 4th 2019  Hosea puts his finger on it

Today’s readings are about how we have lost our way.  Hosea 11 starts the ball rolling with a frightening description of modern life, echoed by Paul (Colossians 3) and Jesus (Luke 12).  All are reminding us that there are good ways to live and destructive ways to live.  We often describe these ways in language [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor:  July 21st 2019: Wasps

This week’s lectionary, unusually, did not inspire me, particularly as I was captivated by watching some wasps building a nest.  The big queen had found the hole in March, in that spell of fine weather, and had spent the spring building the first few cells in which to lay her first eggs, which then hatch [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: January 13th 2019: Joy

Our church is studying Christian Values for the next six weeks; one value each week.  Last week it was Humility, this week;  Joy.  We asked people what values they would include in the series and chose seven.  We would still like to hear more contributions because we plan to continue the series next year, 2020. [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: October 21st Priesthood of All Believers

The book of Hebrews, maybe the only book in the Bible written by a woman, talks about priests in chapter 5 and their role in being the means by which people can have access to God.  The author was thinking of the way in which Jesus was a high priest, intervening on behalf of humans [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: August 12th 2018: Being different

The Bible is full of stories about people who were different.  Almost every character in there stands out as being unlike those around.  Think about Ruth, the two-times refugee;  about Joseph who honoured Mary’s pregnancy and brought her child up as his own;  about Mary Magdalene, and St Paul;  and especially about Jesus.  Most of [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: July 8th 2018: Decisions, Decisions!

Life seems to be crowded with decisions, even those that we take when we think that we have no options and are just doing what we have to do.  Jesus took decisions too, judging by the Gospel stories, and he retired frequently to the hills to check out whether he was still on track and [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: June 17th 2018: Justice and Mercy

The Bible refers to Justice many times:  Amos 5:24;  Let justice roll on like a river, righteousness like a never-failing stream!; Micah 6:8;  What does the LORD require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. Luke 18:7;  Will not God bring about justice for his chosen [...]

Reflections of a Lay Pastor: May 27th 2016 Trinity Sunday

The Trinity is a theological idea, developed over centuries to try to explain the mysteries of our perception of God.  Essentially, it is a distillation of other people’s ideas and, as such, it is interesting to us all.  It does portray a very male view of God;  even the Holy Spirit is “He” on occasions.  [...]