Jesus bids us shine

Be of good comfort, Master Ridley, and play the man; we shall this day light such a candle by God’s grace in England as shall never be...

Seasonal confusions

As servants of the message of hope, we are being asked to make autumn feel like spring. Andrew Read, Diocesan Director of Education &...

Be an angel

Yesterday, two angels began new ministries in the church of God. One angel (I can hardly believe I’m writing this), our very own Andrew...

Regathering the gathered

Last Saturday the Parochial Church Council (PCC) spent a happy and productive day together at Lucy Cavendish College. The day was made up...

Surprised by a stone

Today – as you perhaps know – is St Ninian’s Day. The primary sources for what we know of Ninian is Bede’s Historia ecclesiastica gentis...

Anger and Kindness

In these days when everybody hates everybody else, anyone who is not snarling at something – or everything – is an anachronism. That...

To live is to change

I have been blessed to work for some very good bishops in the dioceses of Lichfield, Coventry, and Oxford. My beloved Bishop (and friend)...

The heat is on

As this is a double edition of the eMag, I am writing my letter early — and I happen to be writing it on what is technically the last of...

Be kind to one another

Last Sunday I was worshipping in York Minster. The words of the Epistle, as always, struck at my heart: Be kind to one another,...

Running the Race

I was pinged on Sunday last — and thus began four days of hardship and suffering as I was forced into self-isolation. However, to...

Inclusion and change

Today's reflection is from the Associate Vicar, Rev'd Devin McLachlan "It's not inclusion if you invite people into a space you are...

Ponder anew

In a PS at the end of last week's 'From the Vicar' I said that in the Hebrew Scriptures, the word for 'glory' derives from the Hebrew...

Heavy stuff

Last September - which feels like a very long time ago indeed - Shirley was ordained priest and David deacon. This coming weekend, David...

On the avoidance of spiritual bunions

I enjoyed sharing a piece from The Times with my ordained colleagues a couple of weeks ago. Titled 'Clergy were martyrs to medieval...

Refugee Week 2021

This week's reflection is written by our curate Andrew Day ‘God is our refuge and our strength, a very present help in trouble’ [Ps. 47.1]...

Earthly Powers

Tomorrow is the beginning of the G7 summit in Carbis Bay in Cornwall. The UK Government's stated aim is to 'use the UK’s G7 Presidency to...

Get me to the church on time

This week's reflection is from the Associate Vicar My family was notoriously late for church. All the time. Notoriously, because my...

Zoom

Join me, if you would, in my liturgical TARDIS. The clock is set for exactly 500 years ago today. It’s Ascension Day 1521, and we find...

Being Nuts

Human beings are a work-in-progress. There is no point at which we are ‘sorted’, finally formed and fully fledged. Physically,...