From the Vicar

A weekly reflection

Weekly reflections from the Vicar, the Revd Canon Adrian Daffern. You can also read Adrian's reflections by subscribing to our weekly newsletter, the eMag:

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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...

Charity and Love

In his speech to the House of Commons last week in the debate on overseas aid, the Chancellor of the Exchequer said: I know that a deep...

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...

A spectacular Friday concert

Alina Vorobyeva (clarinet) and Anastasia Matkovskaia (piano) stunned us with the quality of their music at a recital in Great St Mary's,...

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...

More masque than mask

This Sunday is the feast of the personae - three of them to be precise. A persona is now typically defined as relating to an aspect of...

... also the Holy Ghost, The Comforter

Scripture seems to assert that the Spirit is fire - 'flame of incandescent terror' if T. S. Eliot is to be believed. Moses and his...

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,...

I got the jab

This week's reflection is from RevDevin, our Associate Vicar I debated posting about my vaccination status to Facebook and Twitter —...

On Your Mark

Mark has been our Gospel this Lectionary Year, and his Feast Day is on Sunday. At the end of the eMag you'll find an essay on Mark's...