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Pastoral Letter March 2016

Dear Friends,

Lent is a time when we traditionally take a deeper look at ourselves and our relationship with God and others. We confess that we’re not the people that God made us to be and that we need God’s help to be different.  Judith, a member of St Godwald’s congregation, recently sent me one of her reflections that ‘hit the mark’ for me and I share it here hoping that it will do the same for you.Pastoral

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Pastoral Letter February 2016

 PAstoral

Dear Friends,

Two particular articles published in the Church Times this week caught my attention. Both involved an act of solidarity between Christians and Muslims.

     The first told how a group of travellers on a bus in northern Kenya were held up by gunmen from a Somali al-Shabab group. They sprayed the bus with machine-gun fire and then forced the passengers to disembark and separate themselves into Muslims on one side and Christians on the other. Their intention was to kill the Christians. The passengers, some already injured, refused to separate. They stood together. All were wearing Muslim attire so that the non-Muslims were hard to identify amongst all the passengers. One of the Muslim passengers reported “We stuck together tightly. The militants threatened to shoot us all [if we did not separate] but we still refused and protected our non-Muslim brothers and sisters. Finally they gave up and left, but warned that they would be back.”

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Pastoral Letter January 2016

Dear Friends,christine

There’s something deeply hopeful in the beginning of a New Year. Like the first page of the brand new exercise books we were given at primary school at the beginning of a new school year or the promising emptiness of the diary given as a Christmas present – blank pages to be filled in with perfect handwriting, faultless spelling, inspiring thoughts and creative stories, exciting things that had happened.... The old exercise book with all its mistakes and the old diary that we didn’t manage to keep after the second week of January can be thrown away. We can start again!

Read more: Pastoral Letter January 2016

Pastoral Letter October 2105

Dear Friends,

A train full of passengers arrives at a busy city station. It’s been on a long journey physically and emotionally. People are tired beyond belief. They are strangers to this place, far from home. Many do not expect to see that home again. It has gone, and along with it everything they have known. Many have lost family as well as livelihood. It has been a Damascus Road experience. Literally.

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Pastoral Letter September 2015

PASTORAL LETTER                                                               

God’s face has changed for me over my lifetime. I was given as a child the image of the Great Jehovah, the almighty judge and slayer of heathens. A sky God who was ruthless with unbelievers and demanded the death of whole peoples who did not bow to his might. A God that can be painted still today with the selective palette of literal hue from the legends and stories of the Iron Age tribe of Israel and the zeal of less discerning disciples both old and new.

Read more: Pastoral Letter September 2015