The sun has risen higher in the sky. Life is returning as it always does each spring. Our gardens are greening with the promise of fruit and flowers. Spring is a time of resurrection as all is made new.Read more: Pastoral Letter April 2017
I spent my recent Sabbatical leave exploring and reflecting on different expressions of Christian healing ministry in this country today. I visited three residential centres, each with its own style and approach to healing, and two projects involved in offering healing prayer in the community, run by members of local churches. I have witnessed lives changed for good through healing prayer. I learnt many things and much that is important for our life together as the body of Christ here in Bromsgrove.Read more: Pastoral Letter February 2017
I have been struck this week by two conversations I have had about the way we remember. The first was about the emphasis of Remembrance Day. While the focus is understandably on the many lives that have been lost in conflict through the years, it is important to remember those lived through conflict and stand beside us on Remembrance Sunday. For their memories remain with them vividly however many years have passed. Some are able to speak of their experiences, what they witnessed, what they know; others are not.Read more: Pastoral Letter November 2016
I try to love autumn, but for me it heralds the end of long summer days full of light and freedom from coats and boots. I have always seen it as the beginning of the end and I don’t like endings.Read more: Pastoral Letter October 2016
Pastoral Letter for September.
During the summer break on a trip to Worcester, we visited the cathedral (you might want to call that a busman’s holiday). A choir were practicing and it sounded lovely, as did the sense of space. As I looked around the cathedral and in particular the sculptures, I was slightly disturbed as I looked at all these marvellous monuments to Bishops, Lords, ladies and sirs. Why did that disturb me?Read more: Pastoral Letter September 2016