Boundaries of Inclusion

‘All are welcome’ and ‘come as you are’ can’t enable a safe community if they mean, ‘come and say and do whatever you want’: we’re only able to create a safe community if we have boundaries. Below I explore some of the issues and ideas, with some questions to discuss this in your context. I …

Thoughts about Privilege

When I started looking at this bible passage, I thought I knew what it was about…but then….  On first read this story in Luke 13: 10-17 is about Jesus healing a bent-over woman, or the religious leaders missing the point about Jesus’ ministry. It is. But preparing to preach on this passage, I was struck …

Trans women, the media, toilets, and agendas

Just why are there SO many media articles about trans women and toilets? Although it’s estimated that trans people make up only about 2% of the population, there seems to be a huge number of articles in the media about trans people. I wonder why? The simple answer could be because we are prepared to …

Challenging boundaries – Queering the gospel.

My thoughts on the gospel of John, chapter 20, verses 24 – 29 (Jesus meets Thomas after Jesus’ resurrection) shared April 2021. “In winter 2018 we had a book group looking at a book called ‘Upside Down Bible’, by Symon Hill. That book encouraged us to look at gospel stories in a different way – …

Wanna be a Grinch?

We probably all have an idea of ‘the Grinch’ – that friend or relative who seems to find no joy in things and make them miserable for others – especially around Christmas festivities. I have often referred to myself as a Grinch because (shock horror!) we only decorate our home at Christmas with a nativity …

Joined across distance?

A note on ‘The Communion of Saints’ in this time of Covid. Many years ago, it became ‘in vogue’ to look around the rest of the church/meeting when everyone said ‘the grace’, which is a short prayer which is often used at the end of a church service (or meeting). The prayer is ‘may the …

Created equal, but not the same…

In our rush to be united and positive, can we miss God’s point? I keep hearing things about how we’re ‘all the same’ – like the tv show ‘Embarrassing Bodies’ slogan, ‘there’s no shame, we’re all the same’, and today I heard a pastor say, ‘When God looks at us, he doesn’t see Black and …

Easter Saturday – I don’t think we’re there yet…

Easter Saturday is a time of waiting, a liminal space between the sorrow of Good Friday and the coming joy of Easter. Right now, I feel that Easter Saturday is ‘ahead’ of where we are as a nation. Holy Week for me this year has felt like a fast-walk through the Covid-19 crisis. In Holy …

A ‘Rule of Life’ for these strange times?

Could creating or living by a Rule of Life be good for you in this extraordinary time? I am part of a religious order (the Methodist Diaconal Order, MDO) and of the many things that means, it means we have a ‘Rule of life’. That may sound a bit harsh or restrictive, mainly because of …

‘Love in the time of Covid-19’?

The title of ‘Love in the time of Cholera’ has got me thinking this week. Sadly I haven’t read the book, it’s just the title that has reverberated round my mind and heart this week. In the midst of Coronavirus and the massive impact on our society, what is ‘Love in the time of Covid-19’? …

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