On a recent day off, Peter and I set out on a walk up, over and around Bredon Hill. It was quite a climb up the hill in the heat! When we reached the top, we looked back from the top and surveyed the view and the way we had come. We congratulated ourselves on making it so far.
Read more: Pastoral Letter July 2016
I have remarked before in these ministers’ letters on the strangeness of writing something one month which will not be read for another month. As I write we are approaching Pentecost Sunday – the birthday of the church – the marking of God’s gift of the Holy Spirit coming into the world.
Read more: Pastoral Letter June 2016
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.
Read more: Pastoral Letter March 2016
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.”
Read more: Pastoral Letter February 2016